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Senior Safety Net

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Every day thousands of people are reported missing across the nation. There are many different types of missing persons including those who are lost, injured, or sick such as Alzheimer’s patients.


The National Institute’s of Health National Institute on Aging estimated in a 1999 report that up to 4 million people suffer with Alzheimer’s Disease, and the prevalence doubles every 5 years beyond age 65. As more and more people live longer, those impacted by diseases of aging, including AD, will continue to grow. Some studies show that nearly half of all people age 85 and older have some form of dementia.


Senior Safety Net is a secure nationwide network and registry that enables law enforcement and social service agencies throughout the county to locate and positively identify individuals with iris biometric recognition technology. Senior Safety Net is maintained by the National Center for Missing Adults a non-profit organization based in Phoenix, Arizona. The biometric and demographic data and information collected by Senior Safety Net is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by authorized users.

Complementing fingerprinting identification and related programs now in place, Senior Safety Net will capture a digital photograph of the individual’s iris, along with basic demographic information. This information stored in a national database allows positive identification of an individual in seconds.


Participation in Senior Safety Net is voluntary and individuals may opt-out at any time.

For more information or to access Senior Safety Net services contact the Herkimer County Sheriff’s Office at 315 867-1236 and ask for Lt. Thomas Adams


About HealthNet

The HCHN has been in existence since 1990. Its membership has continuously expanded and has served as an effective forum for Herkimer County providers to identify, discuss, and resolve health and social service issues and concerns. As a direct result of grants by the New York State Department of Health: Office of Rural Health, the Network significantly increased levels of coordination and collaboration among health and social service providers.

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