NORTH KINGSTOWN – Did you know that the sixth leading cause of death in America is Alzheimer’s Disease? And, it’s the only disease in the top 10 that can’t be predicted, cured or even slowed.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association of America, 5.4 million American’s are living with this disease and, since 2000, deaths from other major diseases have dropped, while deaths from Alzheimer’s have risen 66 percent. More shocking is that every 69 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s.
Adding to those numbers are over 15 million caregivers of patients with Alzheimer’s and de-mentia and in 2010, they provided 17 billion hours of unpaid care.
Though the aforementioned numbers are disturbing, the North Kingstown Police Department is helping making the job of the caregivers a little bit easier. The department is offering them a way for to register their loved ones so that, in the event of an emergency, such as wandering, inappro-priate behavior or other serious problems, the police will already have the background informa-tion needed to treat the situation immediately and effectively.
“This program has been in existence for over 10 years now; we’re just now offering the regis-tration form and additional information online, to make it easier for people,” North Kingstown Police Det. Donald Barrington said. “Caregivers would visit our website and fill out an emergen-cy contact form. That way, if their loved one goes missing or have any other issues, the police department would be able to access the information quickly.”
In addition, officers on the road would also be able to obtain the information on their comput-ers.
Information on the form includes the habits of the person, registration and other information regarding the person's car if they drive, primary caregiver’s information, physician’s information and an updated photo of the patient.
To view the registration form, or for more information, visit www.nkpolice.org  or contact Det. Donald Barrington at 294-3316, ext. 8219.