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Police Department's Free North Star Program Helps Find Those With a Tendency to Wander

If you have a loved one who tends to wander away, perhaps because of Alzheimer's, the Boston Police have a program to help identify them, keep them safe and get them home.

Boston Police are offering a free program for people who have relatives who tend to wander off.

For instance, your relative may have Alzheimer's, or be a child bent on running away.

Under the North Star Personal Alert Program, police will have a photo and description of the person. If he or she goes missing, the information can quickly help officers locate the person. Further, if the person has trouble communicating, as often happens in these situations, police will be aware.

For more information, contact police at 617-343-6503, via email at northstar.bpd@cityofboston.gov or visit the department's Web site. A brochure about the program is attached as a PDF to this post.

Jeffrey Walker April 17, 2012 at 07:51 PM
If you have a loved one with memory loss or dementia, and want them to continue to be able to live at home - either with you or on their own, please consider a memory-loss-specific adult day health program. Your loved one will be safe all day, and will also enjoy nutritious meals, exercise and stimulating activities that help them to live in the moment all day. And best of all, they go home calm and ready for dinner and a good night's sleep. It is unfortunate that many of us don't realize there is this terrific option - it's great help to family and delays a move to a nursing home. In Jamaica Plain, Rogerson House offers a wonderful day program. In nearby Roslindale, the Rogerson Roslindale Dementia Day program is available and accepts subsidized/Medicaid clients. For more information, call us at 617-469-5809.

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