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What is a silver alert?

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According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, a Silver Alert is an emergency notification program to help find missing people who are elderly or cognitively impaired. Several other states, such as Florida, New Jersey and Louisiana, have their own Silver Alert programs, explains Alzheimer's Foundation of America.

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Silver Alert regulations and procedures vary depending on the state. Per the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, a Silver Alert can be issued for any missing person with cognitive disabilities regardless of the person's age.

In contrast, the California Highway Patrol states it only issues Silver Alerts for people over 65. Cognitive impairment is not a requirement, and Silver Alerts can be activated for any missing person over 65 who is believed to be in danger.

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