The Ellisville Police Department is implementing an Alzheimer's registration program for residents who have a family member with this disease. People with Alzheimer's disease can wander from a safe environment anytime or any place and become lost (even in familiar settings). This can be life-threatening for the individual. Wandering can be caused by several factors, including:
Confusion related to time
Desire to fulfill former obligations, such as going to work or looking after a child
Fear arising from the misinterpretation of sights and sounds
Inability to recognize familiar people, places, and objects
Medication side effects
The purpose of this program is to help police identify these persons should they wander off from their place of residence or caretaker. Anyone wishing to register a person who has Alzheimer's may do so by coming to the Ellisville Police Station and completing the Alzheimer's Registration Form. Please bring 2 different photographs of the individual. Also, you can register nationally through the Alzheimer's Association by calling 888-572-8566 or on their website. Additional information is available at the local St. Louis Chapter website or by calling 314-432-3422.