Silver Alert for missing Issaquah man was state’s first

September 15, 2015

NEW — 5:34 p.m. Sept. 15, 2015

The state issued its first Silver Alert last week when 83-year-old Issaquah man Bryant Merrick went missing.

Merrick, who has Alzheimer’s disease, was found safe in Seattle Sept. 11, after he disappeared from his Providence Point area home Sept. 9.

A Silver Alert will be activated when a missing person 60 years of age or older, suffering from a form of dementia, is not able to return to safety without assistance, according to a Washington State Patrol news release.

When vehicle information is associated with the Silver Alert the state Department of Transportation highway signs and highway advisory radio messages will provide a brief description of the vehicle and license plate number. Read more

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Police locate missing Issaquah man

September 11, 2015

NEW — 1 p.m. Sept. 11, 2015

Police located an 83-year-old Issaquah man with Alzheimer’s disease who had been missing since Sept. 9, according to a city news release.

After a statewide Silver Alert was issued Sept. 10, Bryant Merrick was found safe by the Seattle Police Department.

Officers Douglas Beard and Michael Shin were on patrol in the 9200 block of Aurora Ave. N. around 4:30 a.m. Friday when their patrol car’s Automated License Plate Reader picked up the missing man’s Chrysler driving past them, according to a post on the Seattle Police Department’s blog. Read more

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Police looking for missing Issaquah man

September 10, 2015

NEW — 2:15 p.m. Sept. 10, 2015

Issaquah police need your help to find a missing 83-year-old Issaquah man with Alzheimer’s disease.

Bryant Merrick

Bryant Merrick

Bryant Merrick left his residence in the Providence Point area at about 11 a.m. Sept. 9, and has not returned, according to a city news release.

Merrick moved to Issaquah from Everett within the last couple weeks and is not familiar with the Issaquah area. Read more

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To the Editor — Aug. 20, 2015

August 19, 2015

NEW — 3:44 p.m. Aug. 19, 2015


Fund research now

Alzheimer’s disease is becoming more and more familiar, and will continue to do so until there will be virtually no one left untouched by a personal story around Alzheimer’s.

Currently there are 100,000 Washingtonians living with Alzheimer’s disease, and that number will grow to 140,000 by 2025. My mother is one of them. She is 81, and was a vibrantly active woman until this disease started to slowly shrink her world, and her ability to manage it independently.

My good friend Nancy is a 54-year-old mother of three boys, diagnosed at 53 years old. She may not be able to recognize her first grandchild, when he or she comes. My office manager is struggling to balance a full-time job, and be the primary caregiver for her own mother with dementia, after losing her father a year ago.

Surprisingly, for every $100 spent on Alzheimer’s research, Medicare and Medicaid spend $26,000 to care for people with the disease today. We must invest more to find a treatment and a cure now, rather than wait to spend the $1.1 trillion that is estimated to be needed by 2050 if we don’t. Read more

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To the Editor — July 2, 2015

July 2, 2015

Dangerous crossing

When will the city do something to really fix the problem?

Well, here we are three years after the former mayor wrote me this letter, promising improvements to the crosswalk at Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive.

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To the Editor — April 29, 2015

April 28, 2015


Everyone should have basic medical care

“There’s something sick about healthcare,” by Tom Corrigan, in the April 15, 2015, edition of The Issaquah Press was both informative and inspirational to read.

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Walk to End Alzheimer’s comes to Issaquah

October 8, 2013

The Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s is coming for the first time to Issaquah Oct. 12.

The walk, which begins and ends at the Issaquah Community Center, is a 2.6-mile course through downtown.

Funds raised benefit the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.

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