In some cities, there are so many homeless people wandering the streets that others barely notice anymore.
But while mental illness is frequently to blame for their situations, those suffering specifically from Alzheimer’s disease may wander without knowing why they are there or where they’ve come from.
It’s an unfortunately common problem for people with Alzheimer’s to end up lost. But those who then vanish without a trace -– the people who cannot be located and are often never found –- constitute a rapidly growing crisis looming on the horizon for baby boomers and their loved ones.
The growing number of reported cases has not gone unnoticed by organizations committed to raising awareness about missing persons. “I’ve seen a steady increase in our own cases in the past five years,” Kelly Murphy, founder of the Omaha, Nebraska-based Project Jason, told The Huffington Post.
Project Jason offers resources to families of the missing and has successfully organized grassroots efforts to pass missing-persons legislation. Murphy started Project Jason after her son, Jason Jolkowski, disappeared in June 2001. He is still missing.
Project Jason is a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization, and was established on October 6, 2003. Our organization primarily focuses on case assessment, resources, and support for families of the missing. We are not an investigative agency, nor do we perform searches. We offer services we are trained to provide. Kelly Murphy, Mother of Missing Jason Jolkowski, handles all interactions with family members, and has over 100 hours of professional training in various aspects of missing persons, including emotional support, understanding of DNA, support tools, databases and related matters, case management, media interaction, and more.
Register A Missing Person
If you are an immediate family member of a missing person, you may register with our organization by filling out our case submission form.
P.O Box 59054
Renton, WA 98058