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Improvement Plan for Missing Dementia Investigation

  • Crisisonomy
  • Abbr : KRCEM
  • 2017, 13(9), pp.129-139
  • DOI : 10.14251/crisisonomy.2017.13.9.129
  • Publisher : Crisis and Emergency Management: Theory and Praxis
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Policy > Public Policy in general
  • Received : August 11, 2017
  • Accepted : September 15, 2017
  • Published : September 30, 2017

Lee Keon Su 1

1백석대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

Korea is rapidly becoming the aging society. According to statistics from the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the proportion of elderly people aged 65 or over is expected to reach 13.1% in 2015 and 32.4% in 2040. With the increase in economic activity, more and more dementia patients have disappeared due to weak family ties and lack of family care support. Nevertheless, the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the police have faced the limit of responding to the disappearance of dementia patients using identification tags or the fingerprint pre-registration system. Currently, it is unclear how the police should respond and investigate the disappearance of patients with dementia. We investigate the causes of missing patients with dementia and propose cause-specific investigation methods and improvement measures.

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