The missing patient dies after being found in the freezer of the Ohio nursing home

A police helicopter was enlisted to help hunt a missing 86-year-old woman who died after being found in the freezer of the Ohio nursing home where she lived.

Sofiya Perel, who suffered from dementia, lived at the Maria Joseph Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Trotwood.

According to the WHIO media, police call logs reveal that staff were looking for Perel for two hours before calling emergency assistance at 1.38am Tuesday morning.

The channel said a nurse from the security unit told a 911 operator, “The alarm didn’t go off. We don’t know how she got out.”

Police squads scoured the area and called a helicopter as the search for Perel intensified amid concerns for his well-being.

However, around 4am, Perel was discovered in the freezer, the station reported.

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It is not clear who made the sad discovery or how Perel ended up in the freezer.

The county coroner, Dr. Kent Harshbarger, will conduct medical examinations.

This was stated by a spokeswoman for the Maria Joseph Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Newsweek they did not want to comment.

The coroner’s office said so Newsweek that the exact cause of death will not be known for about eight weeks.

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Researchers around the world are looking for ways to deal with dementia, which affects the brain and can leave sufferers terrified, unable to determine where they are, remember the memories or faces of loved ones.

An international team of dementia experts produced a report for The Lancet outlining the measures that could be taken to reduce the risk of dementia.

They said in the report that it was never too early or too late to change lifestyles in an effort to reduce the risk of dementia.

Drinking 21 units or more per week, air pollution and traumatic brain injury have now been added to the list of nine previously known risk factors such as less education, hypertension, hearing problems, smoking, obesity, depression, physical inactivity, diabetes and low levels of social contact.

They said, “Although behavior change is difficult and some associations may not be purely causal, individuals have enormous potential for reducing the risk of dementia.”

The report says that the more people get older, the number of people living with dementia is increasing.

Experts say around 50 million people around the world are living with the condition, of which Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form.

It is projected to reach 152 million by 2050, with middle- and low-income countries likely to be particularly affected, the group said.

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