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Monday, October 16, 2017

One Year

It is with a heavy heart that we note the one year anniversary of Nancy's disappearance.
One year, and with the exception of our video collection showing her 3 blocks away from LACMA, we have not another single trace of her.  This despite an unprecedented level of search activities

Many heartfelt thanks to all of you who have helped in any way.  You inspire me.

Without any logical explanation of how we have yet to find her, I cannot cease the search efforts.  Nancy, quite simply, must be somewhere.  I have used the expression "we are running out of places to look", but in city of this size, that is clearly absurd.  Better stated is that "we have contacted or looked in all the places that seem reasonable for her to end up".  

We'll continue efforts, both top down and bottoms up, to find her.  My personal appeal is to spread Nancy's story as wide as possible through social media outlets.  If enough people share, hopefully someone who has interacted with Nancy will come forward and contact us.

Friday, October 13, 2017

LA County Video on Wandering featuring Nancy, Emails to facilities

LA County has made a video discussing the issues of wandering, and it starts with a feature on Nancy.  https://vimeo.com/238108296

The county will begin airing it on the County Channel and sharing via social media in the next week or so.

Sister Allison is also putting together an email to all of the facilities, both residential care and hospitals, for whom we have an email, asking them once again to check for Nancy and to share her story on social media.

Monday, October 2, 2017

walk4ALZ

We have formed a team for the Alzheimer's Greater LA walk4ALZ on October 29.
Teaming with the makers of the short film Chocolate  - All Who Wander Are Not Lost" (D. Ellen Miller Productions, LLC).  Please join us!

Here is our team page Chocolate for Nancy Team Page

And here is my individual page Kirk's Page

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Walk to End Alzheimer's; La Brea News; Think Air Podcast; KCET SoCal Connected updates

We had a nice walk today in Hermosa Beach for the Walk to End Alzheimer's.  Team Drasa had the second most contributions at $10, 670 (and counting).   Thanks to all of you who contributed and/or particpated! The organizers were kind enough to allow me to speak, and I asked people to share Nancy's story on social media. The full text is at the end of this post.  (here is the facebook page for today's walk: https://www.facebook.com/groups/beachcities/)

Alzheimer's Greater LA is also hosting a walk on October 29.  (This organization is distinct from the Alzheimer's Association.  AlzGLA concentrates on support in Los Angeles for sufferers of Alzheimer's and their care givers).  I believe we'll support this walk as well, and will post as soon as we have that worked out.  ALZGLA Walk Page

Ed Folven continues his coverage of our search - here is his latest article in the Park La Brea News:
http://beverlypress.com/2017/09/44782/

The Thin Air Podcast is scheduled to be release on October 9.  I'll post it here.

The KCET SoCal Connected segment featuring Nancy hasn't been scheduled yet ... I'll let you know as soon as I know when that's coming. 

Full text of my speech for the Beach Cities Walk to End Alzheimer's:



Good Morning, my name is Kirk Moody and I am a captain of Team Drasa.

Drasa is a Lithuanian word that means “Courage”, and we formed this team in 2015 after my wife, Nancy Paulikas was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Team Drasa first participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Huntington Beach, with a great many people supporting Nancy and helping to fund the search for a cure for Alzheimer’s – a truly cruel disease.

Last year, we once again formed Team Drasa with the intent of participating in the Long Beach Walk. Unfortunately, shortly before that time, Nancy went missing. Nancy and some of my family were visiting the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. We were wrapping up for the day, and visited the restroom one last time. I believe that Nancy finished there before I did, and took off looking for us, under the impression that we had left. Other than some security video that captures her walking away from the museum that afternoon, we have not unearthed a single clue as to her whereabouts, now, almost one year later.

We have had a great outpouring of support and volunteer help. Along with law enforcement, we have searched for Nancy in every conceivable way. At this point, the single most helpful thing you personally can do to help find Nancy is to share her story on all of your social media platforms. Hopefully, someone who sees it on social media, and has interacted with Nancy, will contact us and we can bring her home.

The fact that Nancy has been missing this long is quite unusual, but the fact that she “wandered” is sadly quite common. It is estimated that 60% of Alzheimer’s patients will wander from their home or caregiver at some point. I encourage all of you here today who are acquainted with an Alzheimer’s patient to familiarize yourself with the Wandering page on the Alzheimer’s Association’s website. Learn what you can do to reduce the chances of wandering and what to do if it does occur.

Thank you for listening and for participating in this event, directly contributing to efforts to attack this horrible disease.


Sunday, September 24, 2017

KTLA Segment on the film screening last night at LACMA

KTLA Segment

Can anyone find the segment on ABC News (Channel 7)?  I even received an email that someone saw it, but I can't find it on-line.
thanks

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Good article in the Daily Breeze about the upcoming event at LACMA to bring renewed awareness to finding Nancy...

Please share widely via social media!



Friday, September 22, 2017

"Theme" of LACMA Event is "Please Share On Social Media"

We are going to ask people to help by sharing, and asking their friends to share, the Nancy Is Missing story on social media.  Anyone can do that by checking out the FaceBook page NancyIsMissing, or through Instagram, Twitter, etc. with  #NancyIsMissing #LetsFindNancy.


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Please Note That You Must Get a Ticket to Attend the LACMA Film Event September 23 (it is free)

http://www.lacma.org/event/chocolate-and-still-alice

Meeting with Hospital Association

The Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC) invited me to come speak to them about our experiences with hospitals in our search for Nancy (thanks to Gordana for setting this up!).

This is an advocacy group with quite a bit of influence over their member hospitals.

I met with a senior management team, including the COO Mark Gamble.  They were quite receptive to my presentation (I went through some of our frustrations in phoning and asking for Jane Does, HIPAA walls, and the lack of standards for handling Jane Does).  In fact, they immediately constructed some action items to address some of these issues.  The individual hospitals and their management will have the final say, of course, but I believe HASC will make a good attempt at creating a more uniform set of practices for helping to identify patients.

Thanks to HASC for listening!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Upcoming Media Events

This is just a quick post to consolidate three upcoming events that involve the media:
  1. September 23, 4:00: LACMA Film event - please go to the site and get your complimentary tickets: http://www.lacma.org/programs/film
  2. Late September / early October (we don't have a specific date yet): Thin Air Podcast about Nancy and our search for her.  http://thinairpodcast.com/
  3. October 10: KCET (Los Angeles Public TV Station) will feature a segment on Nancy and our search: https://www.kcet.org/shows/socal-connected

Monday, August 14, 2017

Activities: EMS Followup Calls; TV Ad; Postcard Response; Hospital DB Checks; ThinAir PodCast

EMS Follow-up Calls - Our great calling crew has been busy with various tasks - they are on the verge of finishing the calls to all the major western cities, and they are now tackling two different requests to hospitals: a) Calling about specific EMS transports to the hospitals that the LA County Fire Department flagged for our review, and b) asking the hospitals to perform the "enhanced Database search" looking for people that might be Nancy who have been through their system.  These are not particularly fun calls, often receiving resistance based on a misunderstanding of HIPAA laws, however, for every one of those calls that succeeds in getting the data, it reduces by at least one the number of hospitals that I have to personally visit (which is a very time consuming process, as you can imagine).  If you have some time (and a lot of fortitude) and would like to add yourself to the volunteer calling corps, please let us know.  (you can comment on this post, or email NancyIsMissing@gmail.com)

TV Ad - We made a 15 second TV Ad that will be shown in LA starting today - when it airs, it will be "bookended" - i.e., shown both at the beginning and end of a commercial break. Here is the ad:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CImhO2169MY&feature=youtu.be 

Postcard Response - We mailed out almost 9,000 postcards to Residential Care Facilities and Hospice Care facilities a few weeks ago, and most of them seem to have been delivered.  I have received a few calls from people that are concerned and wanted to know that they got the card.  One nice couple in Riverside volunteered to take flyers to the various care facilities that she, as a nurse, visits.  The postcard featured the "age progressed" photo of Nancy.

Hospital Database Search - In addition to the calls mentioned above, I personally continue to visit hospitals asking them to do the enhanced search.  Some hospitals and personnel really go the extra mile to help out, and others, of course, do little.  In all of these searches, the number of people that could possibly be Nancy is very small (to non-existent).  The search is not perfect, but it sure seems like it should uncover someone that fits Nancy's description unless she was specifically admitted under the wrong name.

ThinAir Podcast - There is a true-crime podcast show called "ThinAir" that has interviewed me and will interview others that have been involved in the search for Nancy.  They plan to air their program either at the end of September or beginning of October, and I'll post that information when I receive it.  We are always interested in any avenue to spread the word about Nancy.