Officials with the USF Memory Disorders Clinic are working with the state trying to raise attention among both the public and law enforcement about a tool that can protect people with Alzheimer's disease or dementia who may wander off, putting themselves into danger. University Beat on WUSF TV takes you to a "Florida Silver Alert" information session and shows you some of the PSA's being used in the effort.
You've probably seen a "Silver Alert" notification on a highway sign or heard about one on the local news. This week's University Beat on WUSF 89.7 FM tells you how USF is working to educate both law enforcement and the public about this program, which tries to protect some of Florida’s most vulnerable citizens.
Dr. Eric Rinehardt, Clinical Coordinator for the USF Memory Disorders Clinic, explains the benefits of the Florida Silver Alert program, why it’s important to educate the public about it, how to receive Alerts, and why a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s isn’t a death sentence.
A PSA for Florida’s Silver Alert program.
USF Memory Disorders Clinc
Florida Silver Alert website
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Television - Tuesdays at 11:55 AM and 8:55 PM, and various times throughout the rest of the week
Mark Schreiner has been the producer and reporter for "University Beat" on WUSF 89.7 FM since 2001 and on WUSF TV since 2007. He has worked as an anchor, reporter and producer at radio stations in Tampa and his native Chicago since 1992.