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Officials sending warning to protect elderly as cold weather persists

Senior citizens gather around a table (courtesy :NBC24.com).

Toledo, Ohio (WNWO)--

Since Christmas, in both Toledo Ohio and Monroe Michigan there have been three adults discovered outside dead in the cold.

Two of the men found Jeffrey Millns, and James Flunder, were both in their 60s and suffered form dementia.

"That's why I think people are put at such a high risk because they misinterpret the world they think they should be someplace else"

Dr. Lynn Ritter works with the alzheimers association of northwest Ohio dealing with seniors thta have cognitive disabilities.

"They have structural changes that happen in the brain that cause the brain not to be able to processes things they way they once did."

When an adult does go missing, it's important to act immediately.

Just a few steps in the wrong direction can be deadly.

"I walk out the door, I think I'm being someplace safe I don't recognize with the weather ebing 2 degrees I'm very vulnerable in that weather," said Ritter.

To help those at risk Toledo Police are ramping up their efforts.

Officer Kathleen Mohr Runs the RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program).

They knock on doors and check on the elderly in the extreme cold.

"The police are of course observant for anything they see that might be wrong."

With more cold weather approaching police are asking the public to stay alert so no one is put at risk.

If you are a Caregiver the Alzheimer's Association wants you to know that you are not alone. For resources including support groups and more visit their website.



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