Groton police use new program to help keep those with dementia, TBIs safe

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GROTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Groton police have a new program to keep people with dementia or traumatic brain injuries (TBI) safer, especially if they wander out in the community.

It entails being able to register them and get the information to police. Officers are also trained with how to deal with people who have dementia or a TBI.

They’re working with the Parks and Recreation Department and the Groton Senior Center.

It’s a community-wide effort to try to keep people safe.

“The idea that we can kind of have that heads up,” said Heather McClelland, Groton Police Officer. “There’s more to it than just what meets the eye and we can try to address the issue instead of trying to dig through all the possibilities it can be.”

“It’s an empowerment tool for caretakers and their families to say ‘we don’t want this to be happening but it is and this is something that I can do to ensure the safety of my loved one,'” said Jessica Patterson, Groton Parks and Recreation. “But also learn about whatever resources are available in the community. So we purposely tried to make it as easy as possible.”

At the senior center, they have another element they’d like to add to this program and it is a radio frequency bracelet that would allow people searching for someone who has wandered to find them a lot more quickly.

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