Memory Disorders and Wandering Statistics
Studies show that 6 out of 10 of those with Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of Dementia will wander and go missing. Florida’s Dementia population ranks second in the nation with 520,000 residents at risk. That number is expected to increase sharply to over 720,000 in the next few years. California currently has the highest population with the disease.
How Preparing a Scent Preservation Kit® Can Help Protect Your Loved Ones
In Florida, we prepare for all sorts of emergency situations like fires and hurricanes, but what happens when a loved one wanders away and gets lost? Now, you can protect those you love and care for by collecting and preserving their scent with the Scent Preservation Kit®. Developed by a former FBI Forensic Canine Operations Specialist, the Scent Kit provides a way to prepare those at risk for going missing before an event occurs.
The process is simple. A person collects their unique odor by swiping the included sterile gauze pad under the arm or around the neck several times. The specialized pad is also capable of collecting DNA. The pad is then sealed in a specialized jar that keeps the scent secure for up to 10 years. The Scent Kit is then labeled with I.D. information and stored out of direct heat and sunlight.
If a loved one goes missing, family members and caregivers can provide responding K9 Search Teams with a pure uncontaminated scent article that allows the search to begin immediately when every minute counts. As a new feature, each Scent Preservation Kit® now includes a Missing Person Checklist. The checklist takes the guesswork out of what family members and caregivers should do when a person goes missing and can be filled out with detailed information like; age, eye/hair color, past wandering events, and favorite locations. This information can be vital to responders when searching for someone who is lost.