Free Event for Caregivers of People with Memory Disorders
MEDFORD, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) search and rescue (SAR) officials, through a partnership with California Oregon Regional Search and Rescue (CORSAR), are hosting a public event aimed at improving safety for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Kim Kelly, a recognized expert on searching for people who wander due to memory disorders, will provide information and tips for caregivers to help keep their loved ones safe.
The seminar will be held on Thursday, June 6, 2019, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Smullin Health Education Center, 2825 E. Barnett Road, Medford. The event is open to the public, but seating is limited and will be filled on a first come, first served basis. There is no charge to attend.
The target audience for the seminar includes caregivers of people with memory disorders, law enforcement and security personnel, and anyone who may be in a position to help protect someone with a tendency to wander.
“From a SAR perspective, we know that people with dementia who wander can get hurt or die – sometimes before anyone even realizes they are missing,” said JCSO Sergeant Shawn Richards. “Taking steps to understand and prevent these incidents will surely save lives.”
Kelly will discuss how memory-related diseases progress, the dangers of wandering behavior, and how to recognize a wanderer. Kelly will offer guidance on technology and programs that can help locate wanderers, as well as tips for making reports to law enforcement and SAR when someone goes missing.
In addition to the public event, Kelly will spend the week working directly with SAR personnel from around the region. Staff and volunteers from the agencies that make up CORSAR will attend training events designed to improve the effectiveness of searches for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. The ten counties involved in CORSAR include Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, and Lake in Oregon, as well as Del Norte, Modoc, and Siskiyou in California.
Speaker biography - Kimberly R. Kelly:
Kim Kelly is the author of Project Far From Home: Understanding the Missing at Risk, Wandering Alzheimer’s Subjects, and a contributor to In Search of the Alzheimer’s Wanderer: A Workbook to Protect Your Loved One and Urban Search: Managing Missing Person Searches in the Urban Environment. Her areas of expertise (and passion) are finding and teaching others in SAR how to find subjects with Alzheimer’s/dementia and also how to find deceased subjects. Kim founded and was the head of Project Far From Home, an educational program designed to teach law enforcement, fire, EMS, and search and rescue (SAR) teams about missing and at-risk Alzheimer’s subjects.