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Missing man with Alzheimer’s found after 24 hours

Postal.pt  - MISSING MAN WITH ALZHEIMER'S FOUND AFTER 24 HOURSThe Portimão GNR found the 82-year-old man around 2.6 kilometres from his home in Monchique, 24 hours after he was reported missing.

The GNR received the alert around lunchtime on Tuesday about the disappearance of the elderly man, who suffered from Alzheimer’s, and immediately launched a search in the area to locate him.

The authorities eventually located the missing man, around 11:00 am on Wednesday, in a vacant house, surrounded by dense vegetation, about 2.6 kilometers from his home.

“The man was conscious, but weak,.  He was assisted on the spot by the Volunteer Firefighters of Monchique, and later transported to a hospital unit”, the GNR said in a statement.

This search was supported by soldiers and civilians from the Territorial Detachment of Portimão, a search and rescue team from the Intervention Detachment (DI) from Faro, soldiers from the Emergency Protection and Relief Unit (UEPS) and the support of the Monchique Volunteer Firefighters and people.

For help and support for families and friends of those suffering from Alzheimers in Portugal, visit https://alzheimerportugal.org/pt/

Read our series about Coping With Dementia by Len Port here.

Source article available in Portuguese at http://postal.pt/