Finding Your Way™: a collaborative approach to increase awareness of missing person events among persons with dementia

Written by Loretta M Hillier, David Harvey, Cathy Conway, Jocelyn Hunt & Ron Hoffman

Aim: To describe an innovative community-wide program aimed at increasing awareness of risks of missing person events among persons with dementia targeting various cultural groups and to present preliminary evaluation findings. Methods: Review of program records to describe program implementation and a community partner survey. Results: Over 23 months, 386 partnerships were established to implement the program; 941 awareness-raising sessions were conducted reaching 23,495 individuals. There is an upward trend in number of sessions conducted in various languages and attendance. Community partners’ (>85%) responded positively to the program and consultation process. Conclusion: This partnership experience demonstrates the effectiveness of a...

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