DENVER — The Colorado Bureau of Investigation on Monday launched a new website designed to help families of people who wander.
It's estimated that six in 10 people living with dementia will wander at least once in their lives. Many do it repeatedly.
The new website was designed as part of legislation passed in Colorado last year to provide assistance to families of people who wander.
The site has a wide range of resources, like tips for preventing wandering, what to do if a family member goes missing and information about tracking devices.
CBI said they designed the site with help from the Alzheimer's Association of Colorado, as well as various law enforcement and emergency management agencies.
"We worked very hard to build a very robust site that if people are either immersed in this issue, they've been dealing with a family member with a cognitive issue or something that causes them to wander for many years, or this is just a new chapter in their journey, we wanted to do all we could to provide as much information as possible to help them in this process," said Susan Medina, chief of staff at the Colorado Bureau of Investigation
Medina said it's important to know that the People Who Wander website is not a substitute for calling 911, which is the first thing people should do if a family member goes missing.
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