Missing Elderly People
In the past two days, my Facebook news feed has had two alerts for local missing adults. They were both elderly and suffer from a mental illness. The woman yesterday has bipolar disorder. Fortunately, she was found safely. This morning, a 78-year-old man with dementia is missing.
We all know we have to watch our children to ensure they don't wander away from home and get lost or hurt. What I don't understand is why no one seems to be watching their parents and grandparents. A 78-year-old man with dementia should NEVER be left alone.
These cases often end tragically because the older people get lost and confused. They are so vulnerable and hearing that another person is missing this morning makes me really sad and angry. Some one should be in charge of watching them or they should be held responsible like parents are when one of their young children wanders off because they are left alone.