Project Lifesaver International
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and Project Lifesaver International have been strategic partners since 2004. The AFA endorses the Project Lifesaver program whose mission is dedicated to "Bringing Loved Ones Home."
It is estimated that 60 percent of individuals with Alzheimer's disease will experience wandering behavior at some point during the illness.
Project Lifesaver’s CEO & Founder, Chief Gene Saunders with Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s President & CEO, Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr.
Project Lifesaver International is a 501 (C)(3) non-profit organization that bridges the technological gap for “at risk” populations and public safety agencies. They provide police, fire/rescue and other first responders with a comprehensive program including equipment and training to quickly locate and rescue “at risk” individuals with cognitive disorders who are at constant risk to the life threatening behavior of wandering including those with Alzheimer’s disease, Autism, and Down syndrome. Project Lifesaver has over 1,400 participating member agencies throughout 47 states in the U.S., six provinces in Canada, and Australia, and has performed nearly 3,000 searches over the last 16 years with no serious injuries or fatalities ever reported. Project Lifesaver provides equipment, training, certification and support to law enforcement, public safety organizations and community groups throughout the country and nation.
How it Works
Individuals are armed with wristband transmitters that, using FM radio frequencies and 30-60 day batteries, emit a continuous frequency 24 hours a day. If a loved one in the program wanders the caregiver notifies Public safety and law enforcement teams. They then tune the tracking receiver into the transmitter worn by the client around the wrist or ankle and can locate the missing from a mile away on the ground to five miles by air.
For more information or questions on Project Lifesaver visit www.projectlifesaver.org or call 1.877.580.LIFE