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Senior’s Week: What should you do if you see a missing senior?

Senior’s Week: What should you do if you see a missing senior?

In Calgary, approximately 180 vulnerable seniors are reported missing each year. These incidents place a tremendous toll on family members, friends, and neighbours of the missing person, and often require the involvement of costly emergency services to search. Silver Alert systems engage the community in locating missing older people who have cognitive challenges.

During Seniors’ Week 2018, local Silver Alert stakeholders, including Calgary Police Service, will conduct a mock exercise of a communication tool being developed at the University of Alberta to assist with finding missing vulnerable older adults. Distress Centre, along with other members of the Calgary Coordinated Community Response to Missing Seniors Committee, will be participating in this exciting exercise.

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In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, Distress Centre Calgary would like to honour and acknowledge Moh’kinsstis, and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Blackfoot confederacy: Siksika, Kainai, Piikani, as well as the Îyâxe Nakoda and Tsuut’ina nations. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3 within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. Finally, we acknowledge all Nations – Indigenous and non – who live, work and play on this land, and who honour and celebrate this territory.