Online national forum on community alert systems for missing older adults

Online national forum on community alert systems for missing older adults logo

In partnership with AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE), the Alzheimer Society of Ontario, Dementia Advocacy Canada, the Calgary Coordinated Response to Missing Seniors, the Alzheimer Society of British Columbia, and several persons living with dementia, Professor Lili Liu of the University of Waterloo hosted an online national forum on alert systems for older adults at risk of going missing.

Thursday November 26, 2020 2:30 - 5:30 p.m. eastern time

This three hour forum brought together persons with lived experience, first responders, community organizations, policy makers, and researchers to inform "made for Canada" approaches to alert systems for missing older adults. Thought leaders presented their perspectives on the topic and addressed the following research questions:

  • What are the factors to consider (e.g., challenges and opportunities) before we develop alert system(s) for older adults at risk of going missing?
  • What is the feasibility of developing alert systems locally, provincially, or nationally?
  • What steps would need to be taken to develop alert systems? Who needs to be involved?

The thought leaders also addressed questions posed by the public (i.e., audience members) and other thought leaders.

The discussions during the national forum can be found in the forum proceedings. A policy brief emanating from the national forum is also available.

Policy brief citation: Adekoya, A., Daum, C., Neubauer, N., McLennan, L., & Liu, L. (2021). Community alert systems for missing vulnerable adults: A call to action for policy makers [Unpublished policy brief]. Aging and Innovation Research Program, Faculty of Health, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada. 

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