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Michigan Law on Missing Elderly
Transcript of Michigan Law on Missing Elderly
Searching for Missing Elderly New Michigan law requires immediate action Detroit Free Press Where is Estella Mozelle Pierce? What is an AMBER Alert? What Does This Mean? Is There a Greater Need? What Exactly is Dementia? The Pierce family was in complete terror when their mother, 79 years old and suffering from Alzheimer's and Diabetes, disappeared
Police told the family they would have to wait 24- 48 hours before any sort of alert or search would take effect. "AMBER alert is named after 9 year-old Amber Hagerman of Texas, who was kidnapped and murdered in 1996. But the name also is an acronym for America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response and requires law enforcement to issue public bulletins to news media outlets immediately when a child is reported missing." aka: Vulnerable Adult Medical Alert Act Police must make a report as soon as the department is notified
that information must be given to law enforcement agencies with jurisdiction in the area
information must also be given to at least one media broadcast outlet in the area Michigan Statistics:
273,000 people with dementia
195,000 with Alzheimer's
Many adult foster homes report patients who "wander off," a term that is only used to describe a patient as a healthy adult will usually return "Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability that is severe enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer's is a type of Dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time. Alzheimer's is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States." Tragically, the body of the elderly woman was found near train tracks after suffering from a heart attack and a startling fall
After this horrible discovery, the Pierce family took legal action... The Mozelle Senior Similar to AMBER alert, but pertains to Missing Elderly
Signed by Governor Rick Snyder, 7 years after Pierce's death
"This law is not effective if people are not aware" -Roger Bushnell Pertaining to Human Behavior Dementia is a serious disease that affects many elderly Americans
There is not a cure for this illness, there are only agents that slow down the process
It is impossible to know what a person with Dementia is capable of as they often come in and out of reality
The brain of an elderly person with Dementia is slowly deteriorating for reasons unknown to medical studies
The disease does not only affect the elderly person, but their entire family as well. Angel, Cecil. "New Law Requires Police to Act Immediately When an Older Person Is Reported Missing." Detroit Free Press. N.p., 2 Sept. 2012. Web. 16 Oct. 2012. <http://www.freep.com/article/20120902/NEWS06/309020188/New-law-requires-police-to-act-immediately-when-an-older-person-is-reported-missing>.
Zastrow, Charles, and Karen K. Kirst-Ashman. "Psychological Aspects of Later Adulthood." Understanding Human Behavior and the Social Environment. 9th ed. Australia: Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning, 2013. N. pag. Print. Works Cited QUESTIONS? Social Workers' Role According to Zastrow and Kirst-Ashman, "social work is taking a leading role in identifying the problems of older people and is developing gerontological specialization withing the curricula" (690)
Some social workers specialize in areas such as: brokering services, case management or care management services, advocacy, individual and family counseling, grief counseling, adult day-care services, crisis intervention services, adult foster care services, adult protective services, self- help and therapeutic services, respite care, transportation and housing assistance, and social services in hospitals and nursing homes. These some areas in which elderly people may require assistance (690)
As "Alzheimer's disease is a degenerative brain disorder that gradually causes deterioration in intelligence, memory, awareness, and ability to control bodily functions," the need for social work assistance only increases (628).
Guidelines for Positive Psychological Preparation for Later Adulthood The Strengths Perspective "Growing old is a lifelong process... Our lives depend largely on our goals and our efforts to achieve those goals. How we live before retiring will largely determine whether later adulthood will be a nightmare or will be gratifying and fulfilling" (660).
Important factors: close personal relationships, finances, interests and hobbies, self- identity, looking toward the future, and coping with crises
The article does not go into detail about these personal facts of Estella Mozelle Pierce, however, a person who is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease can quickly lose the capability to achieve any of the things stated above.