Missing Buffalo woman with dementia found safely

Posted at 9:06 PM, Jan 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-20 06:49:20-05

A Buffalo woman with dementia was found safe after having gone missing for nearly two weeks.

Lynn Hewitt, 60, was found at a church by the Erie County sheriff’s Office, according to Hewitt’s family.

It’s believed Hewitt ran away from a doctor’s appointment in Amherst earlier this month. Her family says this isn’t the first time this has happened.

Katie Staszka, Hewitt’s daughter, is concerned about how difficult it is to find adequate facilities for her mother.

“I want my mother to have the best care, and it’s so hard,” Staszka said.

Hewitt’s legal guardian, attorney Debbie Hayden, says there are few care centers in New York for younger people with traumatic brain injuries or dementia-like illnesses.

“There are no facilities where they can live. I currently have them with assisted living facilities with elderly patients,” Hayden told WKBW’s Rachel Elzufon.

Patients like Hewitt are physically strong enough and have the cognitive ability to leave the facilities, but they may not be able to find their way back safely.




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