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Report shows dementia victims will wander

By Scott Harvey

– A report by the New York Times shows six in ten dementia victims will wander at least once.

Retired Police Officer Gene Saunders worked lost Alzheimer's victim cases. He says often when the person suffering dementia is found, they fear authority figures, feel paranoia and get angered easily.

Over the past year, there have been a handful of silver alerts issued for missing elderly people.

One of the most recent cases locally occurred in Bonham last fall, where 71-year-old Katie Jo Brewer - an Alzheimer's victim - went missing from her home on Carpenter Loop. She still hasn't been found. In fact, next week marks the seventh month since her disappearance.

Officer Saunders now runs Project Lifesaver, a company that fits patients with tracking wristbands.