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This information is provided by the Calgary Community Coordinated Response to Missing Seniors is an Action Team with Age-Friendly Calgary. Because going missing is of particular concern for people living with dementia, representatives from the Dementia Network have been actively involved with the work of this team alongside multiple other organizations and individuals who are interested in both preventing and creating a better response to this issue.

Part of the work of this Action Team has been creating tools to both prevent people from going missing and to respond when seniors do go missing.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU SEe SOMEONE WHO IS MISSING:

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The goal is to safely reunite the vulnerable missing person with their family, while not putting anyone else at risk. Getting help is the most important thing.

 If you see the person who has been listed as missing:

  1. Calgary Police Service at 403.266.1234 and let them know where the person is. Stay on the line with the communications officer and follow their directions.

  2. If you feel comfortable and safe in doing so, you can approach the person with these tips in mind:

    • here they need to be

    • Ask if they need help

    • Speak slowly and calmly; ask simple “Yes” or “No” questions; one question at as time

    • Wait 15 – 30 seconds for a response

    • Stay with the person until help arrives

    • Avoid confrontation or argument

    • Listen for key words or phrases that will help

    • Be aware of their tone of voice and your tone of voice

    • If your attempt to approach them is unsuccessful, back away and give the person space. If possible stay close enough until help arrives.

    • After the situation is resolved you may feel upset or want to talk with someone. Help is available 24/7 through the Distress Centre at 403.266.4357.

  3. After the situation is resolved you may feel upset or want to talk with someone. Help is available 24/7 through the Distress Centre at 403.266.4357.