Silver Alert Bill for Alzheimer’s and dementia heads to Alabama senate

Today, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease and that number is only expected to increase, according to the Alzheimer's Association. 

A local group of advocates spent "A Day on the Hill" in Montgomery pushing for a new Alzheimer's Bill, according to WAAY 31.

HB 427, or the Silver Alert Bill did pass in the house and now heads to the senate. The bill lays out guidelines for when it comes to finding a missing person with the disease. 

"We were going to be living in a little bungalow on the beach somewhere fishing everyday, that was our dream," said Laura Morris. 

11-years-ago Laura Morris' husband was diagnosed with early on set dementia. 

She has now become her husband's full time caregiver.

"And that's why I fight, because we need help," added Morris. 

Morris is a vocal Alzheimer's advocate, involved with the Mid-south chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.

She was one of about 150 advocated who spent a day in Montgomery in late February, advocating for house bill 427, the Silver Alert Bill.

Right now, current state law only says a missing senior citizen alert will go out if it meets certain guidelines. 

The Silver Alert bills takes that a step further, allowing a missing alert to be issued for someone suffering from Alzheimer's and guidelines for how to do so.

HB 427 will also require specialized training for law enforcement officers who search for a missing person with Alzheimer's or Dementia. 

Read the full story at WAAY 31.

Topics: Advocacy , Alzheimer's/Dementia , Memory Care Leadership , Uncategorized