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Project Lifesaver International Receives Federal Assistance for the Missing Alzheimer's Patient Assistance Program
Date:9/11/2009

Project Lifesaver Accepts $890,000 For Education, Awareness, Equipment and Public Policy Efforts to Help Save Lives of Individuals With Alzheimer's Disease Who Wander

CHESAPEAKE, Va., Sept. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Project Lifesaver International, a non-profit organization that helps rescue citizens who are prone to wander due to Alzheimer's disease, autism, and other cognitive disorders, received notification of federal assistance yesterday. The U.S. Department of Justice - Office of Justice Programs - Bureau of Justice Assistance has awarded Project Lifesaver, who is partnering with the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, grant funding in the amount of $890,000. This funding will assist in education, awareness, equipment and public policy efforts to help expand the lifesaving program across the country - directly helping individuals, living with Alzheimer's disease, who wander.

The award will help fund the Missing Alzheimer's Disease Patient Assistance Program - an initiative that seeks to: 1) Develop and enhance an outreach program to increase awareness among law enforcement agencies and the public in addressing the needs of people with Alzheimer's disease that wander; 2) To provide training and informational material to law enforcement agencies through a regional or national initiative; 3) Support the development of a public policy that can be implemented nationwide by law enforcement; and 4) Develop a process for aiding in the location of lost persons with Alzheimer's disease.

Gene Saunders, Chief Executive Officer of Project Lifesaver, stated, "Project Lifesaver constantly works with local agencies and supporters to bring this program to public safety agencies across the country to protect some of society's most vulnerable citizens. We are honored to receive this award."

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), as many as 2.4 to 4.5 million
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