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Silver Alert legislation to help in missing cases involving adults with dementia


MADISON (WKOW) -- A pair of bi-partisan lawmakers want to institute a type of Amber Alert for missing adults with dementia, called a "Silver Alert."

State Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) and State Representative Dean Kaufert (R-Neenah) have authored two bills that would create a Sliver Alert System in Wisconsin.

Under the bills, an alert system would release information regarding missing adults who are cognitively impaired. Law enforcement would determine if a Silver Alert is warranted and would decide if the alert should be issued. The system would be modeled after the Amber Alert System currently administered by the Department of Justice. 


"Where we see a Silver Alert System being most helpful is in cases where someone with a cognitive impairment gets behind the wheel of a car and disappears,” Rob Gundermann, public policy director for the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin, said. “We become especially concerned when the individual with cognitive impairment hasn’t driven in many years and suddenly decides to go for a drive, putting not only themselves in danger but everyone else on the road in danger as well."

The Silver Alert System is designed to help families in those types of crisis situations. It's also designed to protect the public from sharing the road with a confused, lost and cognitively impaired driver.

If you, or someone you know, is looking for some guidance on dementia, contact the Alzheimer's and Dementia Alliance at 608-232-3400 or toll free at 888-308-6251. You can also email them at


Gundermann joins us on 27 News at 5 on Friday. 

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