DES MOINES – A bill creating a similar emergency alert – such as an Amber Alert – for missing seniors passed Monday in the Iowa Senate. It now moves to the Iowa House for consideration.
Prior to the start of the 2014 Legislative session, Senator Anderson learned from a constituent his 84-year-old grandfather, who suffered from dementia and early stages of Alzheimer’s, had wandered off and could not be located. The elderly man is still missing. He disappeared on August 3, 2013.
Senator Anderson explained the need for this legislation to become a reality.
“Wandering is a behavior which happens mainly as a result of declining cognitive skills,” Senator Anderson said. “The loss of memory impacts the person’s ability to discern where they are. I am pleased the Iowa Senate understands the importance of a Silver Alert program to assist in locating missing adults before they are injured or worse.”
Senate File 2189 passed by a 49-0 vote, which would allow the Department of Transportation to display under certain circumstances, the descriptive information of a cognitively impaired missing person on the dynamic or electronic message signs on roadways across the state.
“I proudly proposed this legislation,” said Senator Anderson, R-Pierson. “When it comes to our loved ones’ safety, we want to ensure all resources can be utilized.”