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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

When an elder goes missing, seven states can trigger Silver Alerts

By Christine Vestal


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) When 83-year-old Helen Long left her North Carolina home without notice last January, her daughter called state police.

The police alerted the community using automated road signs and radio and television ads that aired descriptions of Long and her truck and explained that she had dementia. Within six hours, a UPS driver spotted her vehicle, called for help, and Long was returned home unharmed.

But not all elders with dementia who go missing are rescued with such efficiency - or at all.

North Carolina is one of only seven states with a new type of missing persons program called Silver Alert that experts say is urgently needed to address a growing problem.

Every year, hundreds of seniors and others with dementia wander away, on foot or driving, and if not found within 24 hours, at least half suffer serious injury or death, according to the Alzheimer's Association. As baby boomers age, the toll is expected to multiply.

So far, Silver Alert - patterned after a national program for missing children known as Amber Alert - has resulted in the safe return of a majority of those reported.

"The beauty of Silver Alert is that it's something people can remember. If you just say `Silver Alert,' people know there's a confused elderly person out there who needs help," Carlos Higgins of a senior advocacy group, the National Silver-Haired Congress, told Stateline.org.

Colorado was the first state to enact a Silver Alert program in 2006, followed in 2007 by Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina and Texas. Virginia adopted a similar program called Senior Alert. This year, Kentucky lawmakers considered a Silver Alert bill that failed to pass before the Legislature adjourned last month, and legislators in Florida, Louisiana and New York are discussing proposals for next year.

At least 5.2 million Americans suffer from dementia, and research shows that six out of 10 of those will wander. Only 4 percent of those who leave home alone are able to find their way back without help, according to the Alzheimer's Association.

Like the successful Amber Alert program established in the mid-1990s to locate missing children, the state-run Silver Alert accelerates the usual missing persons search by using public broadcast systems, state transportation department automated road signs and a 511 emergency call-line to involve the community in rescuing vulnerable seniors.

State programs - which administrators say are inexpensive to operate because they piggyback on existing Amber Alert communication systems - vary from state to state. All states use similar public announcements but differ on who is covered and what is required to file an alert.

In Texas, for example, a caregiver reporting a missing senior must do so within 72 hours of the person's disappearance and provide medical documentation verifying a diagnosis of mental impairment. Only those 65 years old and older who are Texas residents may be reported.

In North Carolina, no medical diagnosis or state residency is required, and the program covers anyone with cognitive impairment, not just senior citizens.

In both states, law enforcers say the use of Silver Alert is growing rapidly as more people learn about the program.

Texas police have received 31 Silver Alert reports since the program began in September 2007. Of those, 27 were found alive, three were found dead and one is still missing. North Carolina has received 20 requests to post missing seniors since the program began in December 2007; three are still missing but the others were found unharmed.

Inspired by the initial success of Silver Alert, members of Congress want to speed nationwide development of the program.

Last month, the death of an 86-year-old Florida woman who disappeared from an assisted-living facility prompted U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., to propose a $5.6 million federal grant program that would offer at least $100,000 per state to seed development of the program.

"This tragedy unfortunately highlights the very real problem of older residents, many of whom suffer from diseases which leave them easily confused and disoriented, wandering away from their homes or care-giving facilities and meeting harm because family, friends and authorities could not find them in time," Bilirakis said.

In addition, U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, plans to introduce a bill this month that would make Silver Alert a federally coordinated program in all 50 states.

"A nationally coordinated program could take good ideas from states and spread them to others and before long we'll have a national program with the media cooperating with law enforcement just like they do for Amber Alert," Higgins of the National Silver-Haired Congress said.

In states with Silver Alert programs, Alzheimer's Association volunteers are helping train law enforcers on how to find and approach those with dementia. The group also is informing the public about Silver Alert and educating caregivers on methods of preventing those with dementia from wandering.

Silver Alert has few opponents, although proposals in some states have been rejected because of budget concerns and worries that law enforcers already are overburdened. Some state policymakers also have cautioned that too many alerts could make the public less likely to respond.

In North Carolina, the Silver Alert program is operating with no new money, and the Texas Legislature appropriated a small increase in public safety funding to cover administrative costs. Amber Alert also began as a state-run program. In 1996, Dallas-Fort Worth broadcasters teamed with law enforcers to develop an early warning system to help find abducted children. The program was created as a legacy to a 9-year-old Texas girl named Amber Hagerman who was kidnapped and murdered.

Other states followed Texas' lead and in 2002, President George W. Bush directed the U.S. Department of Justice to help every state set up an Amber Alert plan. To date, the Department of Justice has spent nearly $20 million for state training and technical assistance.

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