Patrol Report

Thomas Catri

Wandering. Approximately six in ten people with dementia will wander. A person with Alzheimer’s may not remember his or her name or address and can become disoriented, even in familiar places. Wandering among people with dementia is dangerous. When someone with dementia is missing, please begin search and rescue efforts immediately.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 90 percent of people who wander are found within 1.5 miles of where they first disappeared. Consider a GPS tracking system that is available for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia. It’s a small device that can be carried by the person who may wander. GPS tracking devices for dementia are an increasingly affordable option for families and caregivers trying to make wandering safer. In addition, call 911 and prepare to make out a missing person’s report. In these important matters, law enforcement typically does not require a 24-hour waiting period to look for a missing individual.

The SunBird Roving Patrol is on duty seven days a week, 10:00 a.m. to midnight, to assist with locating a missing person within the SunBird community. SunBird Patrol can be contacted at 480-797-8605.

Homeowners Associations have several rules and regulations that members are asked to observe so that everyone in the association can maintain their property values and quality of life. If everyone follows the guidelines, the outcome will prove to be a positive place to live. Being part of your HOA is a great thing in general. It takes good people on the HOA Board and in the Homeowners Association to make your neighborhood a great place to live. Just be thankful for all the good that happens in your community. It takes everyone to make that happen.