Carol Moseley Braun Calls for Silver Alert System for Seniors
December 8, 2010 -- In a move to make Chicago a more age-friendly city, mayoral candidate Carol Moseley Braun is calling for implementation of a Chicago-based Silver Alert System. The system, similar to the Amber Alert, would help in the search for missing seniors that suffer from dementia or other mental illnesses that make them prone to wander away.
"Especially during Chicago's tough winter months, time becomes a critical factor in saving the lives of our most vulnerable senior citizens," Moseley Braun said.
Chicago's Silver Alert System would notify police, taxis, public transit, senior service providers, community organizations and medical facilities and provide a hotline number for anyone to call.
Moseley Braun is the daughter of a former Chicago Police Officer and the sister of a Chicago Police Officer. She cites her family's experience in law enforcement, along with her experience as an Assistant United States Attorney in establishing her tough stance on public safety, "Chicago must be a safe place to grow up and grow old. The Silver Alert System will help to identify families in need of assistance, and provide greater assurance for seniors and their families."
The proposal has garnered the support of Marie Jackson, a coordinator of Senior Services with the Woodlawn Organization, "The Silver Alert System will save lives. It will assist aw enforcement and senior centers in locating seniors who may disappear because of complications with Alzheimer's or other conditions."