Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Hiyo, Silver (Alert)!

[Welcome Industry Radar readers!]
We've discussed Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia here in the past, as well as other senior care issues. Generally, these are related either to health insurance or to health care trends.
But there's another dimension to dementia, one which often isn't discussed: affected seniors who wander away, and face potentially dangerous consequences.
We're all familiar with Amber Alerts when children go missing. But there's something new afoot at the other end of the age spectrum:
Currently in its (you should excuse the expression) infancy, the Silver Alert system seems to be gaining ground slowly. With the graying of the population, especially as Baby Boomers reach their Golden Years, we'll likely see this picking up steam.
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