Nassau officials announced a new program, beginning Thursday, that will provide a rapid dissemination of information regarding missing senior citizens and other indviduals suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, demetia and other cognitive disorders to the public in an effort to expedite a search and safe recovery.
“Here at the Nassau County Police Department we have compiled an e-mail list that contains the addresses of media personnel, various law enforcement agencies, business organizations and more,” said Nassau Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey. “If an ‘At Risk Individual’ is deemed missing we will send out a Silver Alert notification immediately to our Silver Alert e-mail list, and will include the missing persons name, age, physical description, the last location the person was seen and a description of any motor vehicle the missing individual may have been driving.”
Nassau’s new Hal Doliner Silver Alert Program was named after Hal Doliner, who was a long time resident of Port Washington and died in an automobile accident on March 22, 2008 as a consequence of Alzheimer’s Disease.
“There are approximately 25,347 senior citizens in Nassau County that are afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other cognitive disorders,” said County Executive Tom Suozzi. “The Silver Alert Program, which is similar in nature to the Amber Alert System, will be very helpful in locating these ‘At Risk Individuals’ and reuniting them safely with their loved ones.”