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Updated: Missing Brookfield Man Found in Mass.

Police are reporting that Donald Martin has been found.

Brookfielder Donald Martin, 88, who , was pulled over by Massachusetts police on Route 91 near Holyoke around 1 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to .

According to Martin’s son, Mark, as of 12 p.m. Wednesday his father was fine and being released from the hospital after being held for evaluation.

Martin had left a note for his wife around 11 a.m. Tuesday morning saying he was going for a short drive, however by 1:20 p.m. he had not returned home, prompting her to called Brookfield police, who issued a Silver Alert bulletin.

Martin, who suffers from dementia, was apparently lost when Massachusetts state police pulled him over for erratic driving, according to Brookfield police Chief Robin Montgomery. Brookfield police were contacted shortly thereafter and, after confirming that he was in fact the missing Brookfield man, the Silver Alert was lifted and the family was put in contact with Massachusetts police.

“We’re just glad he’s safe,” Montgomery said, adding that anyone with elderly parents understands the fear and anxiety that occurs when they disappear without warning.

Martin has a sister in Auburn, ME, however, “I don’t think that’s where he was going,” Mark said, explaining that his father did not seem to know where he was when he was found.

The son added that while his father does have intermittent dementia, this is the first time something like this has happened.

Sharon Zagata December 21, 2011 at 06:37 PM
I'm so glad to hear Mr. Martin has been found and is ok. At 88, its time to think about taking his keys away. I know its hard for seniors to give up their independence; especially, their driving. Its for his safety and other. The important thing is you must make time to take him/her or them out so they don't become homebound and depressed. Happy Holidays to All of you.
Tricia December 21, 2011 at 07:45 PM
I am glad he was found! We should RETHINK the driving system and perhaps put a SENIOR DRIVING sign (much like new driver signs) on the car perhaps so that they do not lose their independence and like was just posted, they become sad and depressed and really hate when they take up the time of others, but it is a necessity they get out. I know someone who is 97 and just stopped driving and it has been very difficult for her. She relied on going to the store to beat depression, boredom and to have a sense of self respect when she was able to talk with others at the store. It can be difficult to imagine how badly sitting in the house can affect someone but it has a very bad affect when forced upon someon and the only options are requesting a relative to take them shopping and knowing that they are in impositiion.
Amy Ferrarie December 21, 2011 at 07:48 PM
My dad suffers from Alzheimer's, he is only 74 and was recently advised not to drive alone anymore. It is very difficult for people who suffer with this to realize their limitations and except the reality. It is also difficult for the families who have to enforce these limitations. Good luck, I wish you all the best dealing with this horrible disease.
Kim Pernerewski December 21, 2011 at 08:27 PM
The residents and staff at the Village at Brookfield Common are happy to hear that Mr. Martin has been found safe and sound. Truly a happ holiday for all! (The Village at Brookfield Common is an assisted living and memory care community for seniors)
Barbara Uziel December 21, 2011 at 09:05 PM
I have lived through this with my dad. As much as caregivers and loved ones want to deny it, ANYONE with dementia is capable of driving or walking away. PLEASE PLEASE get a bracelet with a GPS tracking device so your loved one can be found should they wander away. PLEASE!!! don't wait for it to happen even once....it might be too late.
mike murphy December 21, 2011 at 09:09 PM
thank God they found him. as our parents age we become the parents and they become our children

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