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  1. #1
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    Jan 2004

    Aging Persons with Alzheimer’s and Dementia: What You Should Know

    Article History and Related Information

    When researching missing persons in the news on the internet on nearly a daily basis, I began to notice that out of a number of new stories, there would almost always be one or two that was about a missing elderly person, often one with some form of Alzheimer’s or dementia. Sometimes they would be found quickly and alive, and sometimes not. The resources used by the local authorities and the family, and the speed of the response typically made the difference between having a happy reunion, an unfortunate discovery, or a cold case with a family who waits, not knowing the fate of their missing loved one.

    It was these stories, the effected families who sought Project Jason’s assistance, and our own family members who suffer from Alzheimer’s or dementia, who inspired this article, the purpose of which is to give some guidance to these families, and to those who serve them in their time of need. This includes law enforcement (LE) and other assistance organizations. If we can provide information that either prevents a tragic loss or brings about a quick and positive resolution to even one case, that is certainly worth the effect. Life is our most precious commodity, after all.

    The information covered in the series includes:

    Alzheimer’s and dementia statistics
    Preventative measures
    Search and Rescue’s contribution
    Solutions using technology
    Response makes a difference
    Assistance from national and local organizations
    Legislation provides an answer
    Case profiles

    This article has been submitted to the trucking magazine Through the Gears to be published in their September 2007 issue. This is a free trucking magazine with a circulation of 150,000 that is distributed at approx. 2,500 locations nationwide, mostly truck stops. You can find it in the free trucker's publication area rather than with the paid magazines.

    In the September issue, our featured missing persons, Shirley Hunt and Bryon Freeman's photos and profiles will also be featured as a part of Project Jason’s 18 Wheel Angel program.

    We will also have the special 18 Wheel Angels posters uploaded on our site during the month and until Byron and Shirley are found. http://projectjason.org/18wheel.shtml

    You may continue to read this series on the Project Jason Voice for the Missing blog. The introduction to the series can be found here:


    Kelly Jolkowski, Mother of Missing Jason Jolkowski
    President and Founder,
    Project Jason

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    The entire article is now uploaded:

    Missing Persons with Alzheimer’s or Dementia:
    What you Should Know
    A guide for families, caregivers, and law enforcement


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Thank you so much for all that you do, Kelly. Prayers and blessings to you and yours.
    *My posts are my opinions, expressed freely thanks to the First Amendment.*