Good dog! Monday night, Roseville Police canine Apollo helped find an Alzheimer's patient who had wandered from home.
Just before 10 p.m. Monday, December 20, Roseville Police was notified that a Roseville resident in her 70s with Alzheimer's Syndrome had wandered away from home. Numerous police officers responded and began searching the area. Minutes after Apollo and his handler, Officer Scott Miskewcycz, arrived on scene, Apollo located the woman in a neighbor's carport, not far from her home. She was soon reunited with her family.
For three decades, Old Man selflessly helped scientists unravel the mysteries behind Alzheimer's, osteoporosis, cancer and other age-related diseases.
Born in Kenya, he lived an active life — including siring offspring — until early Thanksgiving morning, when his body was discovered in a lab at the Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies on the campus of the Texas Research Park in Bexar County.
Among the many mole rats at the institute, however, Old Man stood out. Because of his advanced age and vigor, he'd claimed a special place in the hearts of many researchers. Laboratory animal attendant Cody Villanueva discovered his body early Thanksgiving morning.
"Oh, it was a sad day," she recalled. "I cried. We all did."
Bob DeMarco is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room and an Alzheimer's caregiver. The blog contains more than 2,201 articles with more than 272,100 links on the Internet. Bob resides in Delray Beach, FL.