Alzheimer’s San Diego giving out free gun locks for dementia patients
A new program is making it easy for people with dementia to keep firearms by their side — safely.
Alzheimer’s San Diego is now providing free gun locks to families impacted by dementia that have a firearm in the home. These locks can secure firearms and help prevent an accident or injury.
Carlos Amezcua sat down with Jessica Empeño, Vice President of Operations at Alzheimer’s San Diego, and Danielle Rudolph, Retail Sales Director at Poway Weapons & Gear, to talk about the new gun safety program.
The brain changes caused by dementia can impact a person’s ability to safely handle a firearm in several ways, even if he or she has been a lifelong gun owner. These changes include:
- Poor judgment leading to bad decisions
- Memory loss and confusion
- Difficulty understanding situations & surroundings
- Mood and personality changes
- Impulsive behavior
- Trouble recognizing familiar people
No matter how much experience a person has with firearms, cognitive impairment affects the ability to judge safe and unsafe situations. Consider the following gun safety checklist if there is someone with dementia in your home:
- Do you know where all the guns are?
- Does the person living with dementia have access to them?
- Is it safe for the person with dementia to have access to the guns?
- Has there been conversation about gun safety since the dementia diagnosis?
- Do you know the options for securing or removing guns?
If you’d like to receive a free gun lock, call Alzheimer’s San Diego at 858.492.4400.