This program is designed to assist any Amherst elder who is easily confused and may become disoriented. The SALT Council and the Amherst Police Department can, with the help of the caretaker of a person, register the participant and take his or her picture (head and shoulder photo). This registration and picture are kept confidential and placed on record with the Police Department. For the participant who wanders, information is readily available to facilitate care and return to his or her place of residence.
The Lost Elder program may also be used in conjunction with the Alzheimer's Association's "Safe Return" program, which assists in the identification and safe, timely return of those individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia who wander and become lost.