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

Americans currently have Alzheimer's disease, which is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that destroys memory and intellectual function. Over a period of years, the disease leads to the complete loss of cognitive function and a long period of dependency. Experts estimate that nearly 60% of individuals with Alzheimer's disease will wander at some point during the eight year progression of the disease - many of them, repeatedly. The incidence of Alzheimer's disease is expected to rise significantly as the nation's population ages and life expectancies lengthen, and given that almost 80% of dementia care is provided in the home by family caregivers, in the years to come, Alzheimer's disease and related dementias will pose immense financial, physical and emotional challenges for growing numbers of American families and their communities.

Project Lifesaver is the only certified training program in the country for public safety agencies to help those with cognitive conditions who wander. Individuals with cognitive conditions that wander who are enrolled in the program wear a personalized, LoJack SafetyNet, wrist-watch sized radio transmitter that allows first responders to rapidly locate them. Rescue personnel receive specialized training from Project Lifesaver, not only on how to operate the tracking equipment but also on key techniques to address behavioral/communication challenges specific to citizens with cognitive conditions--a skill critical to gaining the missing person's trust and facilitating a safe escort home.

Nationwide, over 1,000 law enforcement agencies are members of Project Lifesaver, which boasts an average find-time of 30 minutes, nearly 2,000 successful searches to date, and a 100% success rate. Since the national average for standard search and recovery missions is 9 hours, this high program efficacy dramatically cuts taxpayer dollars spent on search and rescue, frees up officers for other assignme
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