— In 2010, AARP Arkansas helped initiate creation of the Arkansas Silver Alert—a system that mobilizes searches for lost adults with Alzheimer’s disease and similar cognitive disorders. Silver Alerts are based on the same concept of immediately alerting and disseminating information statewide through various  media outlets as the Amber Alert for missing children. Silver Alerts use a wide array of media outlets—such as commercial radio stations, television stations, and cable TV—to broadcast information about missing persons. Silver Alerts also use variable-message signs on roadways …

— The Virgin Islands is a nature lover’s paradise, with mountains, beaches and lush vegetation. But the terrain can be dangerous for people with dementia or cognitive impairments if they lose their way outdoors. AARP Virgin Islands fought successfully for a new law that alerts government agencies if someone with dementia is reported missing. Similar to Amber Alert programs for missing children, the Silver Alert system expedites the response when a person with a mental impairment goes missing. Some 90 percent …

— Por Jackie Spinner Illinois tiene dos nuevas leyes que ayudarán a los adultos mayores más vulnerables del estado: quienes tienden a deambular y quienes viven en hogares geriátricos. Una ley que entró en vigor en enero permite que se instalen cámaras de vigilancia en las habitaciones de los residentes de los centros de cuidados a largo plazo. Esto convierte a Illinois solo en el quinto estado del país que brinda a los adultos mayores y los adultos con discapacidades esta …

— AARP Wisconsin was out in full force during the past legislative session which wrapped up in April. Our volunteer advocates were active over the past 18 months, testifying at Joint Finance Committee hearings, speaking at press conferences, visiting legislators and distributing information on issues important to the 50+.   While we didn’t win on all our issues, we had significant victories along the way and will continue to advocate for these important state issues during the fall election and into the …