Over 5,000,000 people in the USA have Alzheimer’s and related disorders. That number will triple by 2050. Well over 50% of these people wander or become lost. A lost person with Alzheimer’s or other dementia represents a critical emergency. They are unaware of their situation; they do not call out for help and do not respond to people calling out to them. Nearly half of them will die and many can become injured or fall victim to predators if they are not located within 24 hours. The number of families and communities experiencing this risk will grow dramatically in the coming years.
If you are not yet touched in some way by Alzheimer’s or a related disorder, chances are you will be within the next several years. You will find it among neighbors, your friends, co-workers and their families, and perhaps within your own family.
Project Lifesaver, a non profit organization, has combined “tried and true” radio technology with the Monterey County Search and Rescue Team to build an effective life-saving system that has proven itself, time and again, to be reliable, responsive, practical and affordable.
People who are a part of the Project Lifesaver program wear a personalized wristband that emits a tracking signal. When caregivers notify the local Project Lifesaver agency (Monterey County Sheriffs Office for Monterey County) that the person is missing, a search and rescue team responds to the wanderer’s area and starts searching with the mobile locator tracking system. Search times have been reduced from hours and days to minutes.
The Project Lifesaver wristband is much more than a passive ID bracelet. It is a one-ounce battery operated wrist transmitter emitting an automatic tracking signal every second, 24 hours a day. The signal is tracked on the ground or in the air over several miles. As each wristband has a unique radio frequency, the Project Lifesaver search team positively locates and identifies the person who has wandered away from home or a care facility.
For more information please contact Deputy Frank Duenas with the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office at (831) 647-7702, or go online to www.projectlifesaver.org
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