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York Regional Police proud partner in bringing MedicAlert Connect Protect to York Region

Markham, Ontario, June 26, 2018 – York Regional Police is partnering with MedicAlert Foundation Canada to better help officers quickly locate lost or missing vulnerable individuals, such as those living with autism, Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other cognitive brain injuries, so they can be quickly and safely returned to their loved ones.

We will be launching this partnership as part of our annual Seniors’ Day event which takes place on June 26, 2018, at 8 a.m. at the Aaniin Community Centre located at 5665 14th Avenue, in the City of Markham.
 
MedicAlert Connect Protect gives police officers 24-hour access to a registered subscriber’s photo, identifying information, past wandering history and other medical information through the MedicAlert identification and associated database.
 
This information will help officers search more efficiently, increasing the chances that those who go missing are reunited with their loved ones sooner. Officers called to an emergency involving a MedicAlert subscriber will have access to vital information which could save a life.
 
“Partnerships within our community, like this one, help us to better protect our more vulnerable citizens because we can quickly access important information,” said York Regional Police Chief Eric Jolliffe. “We are committed to exploring any new options to meet the needs of our changing demographics and aging populations that help keep them safe.”
 
“It’s critical that we’re able to find and recognize wandering or unidentified people as quickly and efficiently as possible, both to protect our subscribers and also to save police resources,” explained Françoise Faverjon-Fortin, CEO of MedicAlert.
 

For more information on the MedicAlert Connect Protect service, visit medicalert.ca/connectprotect.

MedicAlert Foundation Canada (MAFCA) is the largest membership-based registered charity in Canada and it is the leading provider of emergency medical information services. MedicAlert’s mission is to ensure that all Canadians have access to high-quality health information at time of need, and has protected more than one million Canadians since 1961.
 
MedicAlert® is backed by robust electronic health records maintained by medically trained professionals, a state-of-the-art secure database, and a 24/7 Emergency Hotline that answers calls from emergency responder personnel in 140 languages within an average of 5 seconds, all linked to customized identification products for Canadians with medical conditions and special needs. Universally recognized and respected, MedicAlert speaks for you, when you can’tTM.
 
Learn more about MedicAlert, how it works, and how you or a loved one can sign up to a service plan by visiting medicalert.ca or calling 1-866-696-0273.
 
MedicAlert Foundation Canada:
Jonathan Lithwick
Manager, Partnership Marketing and Product Management
MedicAlert Foundation Canada
416-696-0142 ext. 1139
jlithwick@medicalert.ca
 
York Regional Police:
Kathleen Griffin
Manager, Corporate Communications
York Regional Police
1-866-876-5423 ext. 7919
5457@yrp.ca