Six in 10 people with dementia will wander. A person with Alzheimer's may not remember his or her name and address, and can become disoriented, even in familiar places. Wandering among people with dementia is dangerous, but there are strategies and services to help prevent it, one of which is the Apache Junction Police Department’s FREE Senior ID Program.
Every loved one, guardian, or caretaker of a senior adult should have current, easily accessible identification and medical information for their senior adult. It’s like insurance. It’s there if you need it, but you hope you’ll never have to use it. When faced with the possibility of an adult with dementia getting lost, wandering off, or possibly being abducted, there is nothing more valuable than having current identification and medical information to provide law enforcement.
Senior ID Program
The Apache Junction Police Department has a Senior ID system, which utilizes a computer, a camera and a fingerprint-scanning device. This system produces a printout of the senior’s information, photograph, 10-digit fingerprints, and a laminated ID card.
The wallet-sized Senior I.D. card includes a photo and the holder's name, phone number, address, birthday, emergency contact name& phone number, physician’s information, medications & dosage, and other information which could be useful to paramedics in a medical emergency.
Who should participate in the Senior ID Program?
Anyone who has memory problems and is able to walk is at risk for wandering. Even in the early stages of dementia, a person can become disoriented or confused for a period of time. It's important to plan ahead for this type of situation. If you or a loved one are at risk of wandering, this program is for you.
Applicants must be at least 60 years of age and present two forms of identifications, such as a driver’s license, Medicare, social security or health insurance card.
To Schedule an Event:
Senior groups or organizations in Apache Junction that would like to hold a Senior ID event for their members can call the Community Resource Coordinator at (480) 474-5442 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements for an onsite visit.
For more information about this service, you may call the Community Resource Coordinator at (480) 474-5442 or email at email@example.com.