Councillor Tony Tang Vancouver City Hall
The tragic and untimely death of Joan Warren has prompted me to ask you to consult with those experts available to you and take counsel on how such deaths can be prevented in the future. If Mrs. Warren, a resident of a high-end seniors care facility, can wander off and die in the cold you can understand how difficult it must be for families who cannot afford staff to manage the care of a senior with dementia in private homes.
Persons with conditions such as dementia and/or Alzheimer’s that may render them incapable of caring for themselves must be protected wherever they reside.
Patients with dementia who are inclined to "go walk-about" or wander often become disoriented and may also be unable to use a cell phone to call for help. They are terribly at risk. My heart goes out to those afflicted with this dread condition and to their families who must be agonizing over the sad circumstances of their dear one’s death.
I have read about too many similar cases in the news and ask you to take steps to see that a suitable anklet or embedded microchip be considered as a way to locate and rescue these poor souls. I understand similar devices are used to keep track of criminals so it is well within our ability to do as much for seniors or others who, though innocent of any wrongdoing, are in peril of their lives without some device to keep them safe or find them quickly if they become lost.
The growing numbers of citizens living well past 70 will make the numbers of persons with dementia a serious societal problem. Surely, with all the technology available we can find some way to ameliorate the plight of dementia patients and/or wandering and lost seniors.
Thank you for your reply.
Southeast Vancouver Seniors
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