We all know what the Amber Alert is, but what is the Silver Alert? I was recently driving home from the beach and noticed signs over head and along the side of interstate saying "Silver Alert." I had no idea what this meant, so, being the resourceful person that I am, I turned to Google. Here is what it told me:

According to the National Silver Alert website, the Silver Alert is an emergency system set up for the elderly. You sign your loved one up for the membership and they are given a bracelet or pendant that has the information of the National Silver Alert system on it that the person wears. If they happen to go missing and a good Samaritan contacts the National Silver Alert center's 24/7 Emergency Contact Center, they will alert emergency personnel in the area. You are then notified and are able to reunite with your loved one.

Many of us know what it is like to have parents, grandparents, or great grandparents that are suffering from illnesses like dementia or Alzheimer's. The ever-present worry is that one day they wake up not knowing where they are and wander off. The Silver Alert system is a great form of protection and something to ease your mind when your loved ones are suffering from an illness in their old age. If you would like to read more about the system, or maybe even sign a family member up for it, visit the National Silver Alert I.D. Solution website.