NEW TECHNOLOGY OFFERS SAFE RETURNS

By: ELYSE WEBB
By: ELYSE WEBB

Getting lost is something that most people try to avoid, and for those with any type of memory disorder, such an incident can be very dangerous.

All too often a person with Alzheimer's or any type of memory altering disorder strays from home and gets lost. To help reduce the chances of this happening, the Alzheimer's Association offers a program called Safe Return.

With this program, anyone at risk of wandering and getting lost receives an I-D bracelet, the bracelet contains the name of the individual and an 800 number so they can be reunited with there loved ones.

The Alzheimer's Association says that anyone with Dementia should wear one of these bracelets, and now the Sheriffs Department has introduced Project Lifesavers as an additional safeguard.

Mesa County Sheriff, Stan Hilkey says, " It gives us the opportunity to employ technology to find people quickly before they get hurt or before we are unable to find them or before they parish due to bad elements."

Officials say individuals that are at risk for wandering, wear a transmitting device on the wrist or ankle. The equipment continuously transmits a radio frequency, so if a report comes in that they are missing, they can deploy people with receivers that will receive the signal to locate them quickly.

In fact, officials say that in most cases missing people that are wearing this are found within 30 minutes or less. Caregivers say this is extremely important given that six out of ten people with Alzheimer's will wander and statistics show that 4 percent will not make it home without assistance, according the Alzheimer's Association.

Even though those with disorders such as Alzheimer's, Autism or other diminished cognitive capacities will still tend to wander,
the hope is that with these devices family members can be at ease knowing that their loved ones are safe and can be located at any time.

These devices are free through the sheriffs office for those at need.
To find out more go to project lifesaver. com


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