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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Elderly couple with dementia lost in Florida was found

Por Damian

An elderly couple with dementia, Eduardo and María De Jesús, decided to go for a walk last Wednesday night. They said they would be back in an hour, but they did not return, and the authorities launched a frantic search until they located them thanks to some credit card transactions.

They left on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. of the Brookdale Beckett Lake nursing home, in Clearwater, on the west coast of Florida, said the city police, and were found in the parking lot of a Walmart store in Naples, also on the west coast of the state, but at almost 200 miles away, about three hours away.

"Good news Update: Agents from the Collier County Police Department located Eduardo and María Dejesús in a Waltmart parking lot in the Naples area, their agents arrived in the area after recent credit card transactions and located the couple. Thanks Collier Sheriff! ", The Clearwater Police Department reported on his Twitter account.

The police had issued an alert looking for the elderly: "Do you help us find elderly residents and possibly endangered Eduardo and María DeJesús? They both have dementia and are missing in the 2155 area of Montclair Road in the Brookdale Beckett Lake nursing home", police posted on Facebook.

They explained that Eduardo is 82 years old, and when he disappeared he was wearing jeans and a white and green shirt, and that he usually wears a gray Navy veteran hat. Maria is 77 years old, wore black pants and a black and white shirt, and usually wears a white hat and a large cane.

Police had reported that the couple could be moving in a white Nissan Sentra vehicle and possibly moved to Weeki Wachee, a small town in Hernando County that has a state park that attracts many tourists.

Some people who read the police announcement reacted with amazement and asked how it is possible to allow elders with dementia to go out alone and, in addition, let them drive.

"How are people with dementia allowed to go out on their own without anyone accompanying them? This is not the first time that installation has lost someone", Sandy Jensen commented on the Facebook account of the Clearwater police.

Jesse Garrison said letting two elderly people with dementia drive during the night is dangerous for them and for the public.

Another said: "Why do you have a DL (driver's license) and operate a vehicle? Without being disrespectful, if you can´t remember who you are sometimes, how do you expect to remember what you do behind the wheel?"