Arizona sheriff’s office plans dementia-related registry

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office intends to set up a registry for Alzheimer’s and other dementia patients that could help deputies and other searchers locate these missing people more quickly and more efficiently interact with them.

Sheriff Doug Schuster said he’d like to have such a registry started next spring, according to the Mohave Valley Daily News.

Loved ones of children and adults with autism, Down syndrome and developmental disabilities could add information about their family members or wards.

The idea for a registry was being considered by volunteers with MCSO Search and Rescue following the massive search for Jeremy Duncan in June. The Bullhead City boy, only about a month shy of his 8th birthday, was autistic and loved water. He ran from his home on a Saturday morning and was found drowned in the Colorado River early the next day.

Search and Rescue members began to think about starting a registry for youths and adults with autism and Down syndrome, with the goal of helping searchers find missing people with conditions that can cause wandering, said Amanda Kaufman, commander of MCSO Search and Rescue’s Kingman unit.

Read the full story at the Mohave Valley Daily News.

Topics: Advocacy , Alzheimer's/Dementia , Uncategorized