Alzheimer Scotland, in partnership with Police Scotland and partners from across the public sector developed the Purple Alert mobile app.
Purple Alert is a free, community minded app, to help people living with dementia if they are missing.
Purple Alert allows the community to support Police Scotland National Missing Persons Unit during a missing person search. The app shares key information at the point of crisis and allows for more eyes and ears on the ground helping with the immediate search. When a carer sends an alert, all app users in a 30-mile radius get a notification that contains an up-to-date photo of the missing person, information about them and places they enjoy going to.
Since Purple Alert went live two years ago, all 13 alerts resulted in the missing person being found safe and well within four hours. We now have over 9,000 downloads of the app and you can help us to reach 10,000 downloads by asking 3 other people to sign up and create a profile.
To find out more about Purple Alert or to download the app, visit purplealert.org.uk
Dementia is Scotland’s biggest public health issue. There are around 90,000 people living with dementia in Scotland and it is now estimated that 20,000 people will be diagnosed with the condition every year by 2020. If you have any questions about dementia, or about the support available in your area, call Alzheimer Scotland’s 24 Hour Freephone Dementia Helpline on 0808 808 3000.