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Help Prevent Elderly Loved Ones From Going Missing By Being Prepared Beforehand

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Officers said to make sure your loved ones have some form of identification on them. Officers said to make sure your loved ones have some form of identification on them.

NBC RIGHT NOW-  Kennewick police officers said the best way to prevent an elderly loved one who suffers from a mental health illness from going missing, is to prepare ahead of time. 

Kennewick Police Officers said the best method of prevention, is preparation. There are several things families can do beforehand.  If you have a loved one that has a mental health issue, for example, Alzheimer's Disease or dementia, make sure you understand the extent of their condition first. Then make sure there is a way to identify them if they were to go missing.  Ways to help someone identify them would by to have bracelets with their names on them, necklaces, name tags or cards, and anything else that could help someone identify the missing person.

"One of the challenges we have, is that when we make contact with these folks that are in this condition, that they may be unreported and we may have no idea who they are.  Most of the time we don't know who they are.  It helps us to identify who they are and if you can put on there some contact phone numbers so we can know who to call, it's all extremely helpful to us," said Officer Jason Kiel, Kennewick Police Department.

Officers also suggested to make sure there are recent photos of your loved-one, some by themselves, including full body and head shots.  It is also suggested to make sure your neighbors are aware of their mental condition and to have those neighbors' contact information.

While these ways do not guarantee your loved-one will not go missing, it will however make it little easier for officers and others to identify them.
 

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