Alzheimer's Foundation Awards $12,500 to Project Lifesaver
NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - May 07, 2015) - The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) today announced that it has awarded a $12,500 grant to Project Lifesaver International to enable the organization to purchase 50 transmitter kits to assist in the location of adults with Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses in New York State. The grant is part of an ongoing strategic partnership between the two organizations.
"Through our national toll-free helpline, we continually hear from people who are worried that their loved ones with dementia will wander," said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA's president and chief executive officer. "We are proud to support Project Lifesaver as it expands its outreach in New York State and helps provide families some peace of mind in the knowledge that there is a service to help locate and protect their loved ones."
Project Lifesaver International trains law enforcement personnel in providing timely response to wandering or lost individuals who have cognitive conditions, including Alzheimer's disease Down syndrome and autism. Participants enrolled in the program wear a small wrist or ankle transmitter that emits an electronic tracking signal. If an enrolled person goes missing, his or her caregiver simply contacts their local agency, and a trained emergency team responds to the individual's location. Recovery times for people enrolled in Project Lifesaver average just 30 minutes -- 95 percent less time than standard operations.
"We are extremely proud of our long time partnership with the Alzheimer's Foundation and the great work they do," said Chief Gene Saunders, founder and chief executive officer of Project Lifesaver International. "This grant will enable New York to extend, even further, its assistance to Project Lifesaver member agencies and the people they serve."
About the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA):
The Alzheimer's Foundation of America, based in New York, is a non-profit organization that unites more than 2,300 member organizations nationwide with the goal of providing optimal care and services to individuals confronting dementia, and to their caregivers and families. Its services include a national toll-free helpline staffed by licensed social workers, educational materials, a free quarterly magazine for caregivers and professional training. For more information about AFA, call toll-free 866-232-8484, visit www.alzfdn.org, follow us on Twitter, or connect with us on Facebook.
About Project Lifesaver International
Project Lifesaver International is a 501 (C) (3) community-based, public safety nonprofit organization that provides law enforcement, fire/rescue, and other first responders and caregivers equipment and training to quickly locate and rescue individuals with cognitive disorders who are prone to the life-threatening behavior of wandering, including people with Alzheimer's disease, autism and Down syndrome. To date, Project Lifesaver agencies have conducted more than 2,965 successful rescues. Most who wander are found within a few miles of their homes and search times have been reduced from hours and days to minutes. For more information, visit www.projectlifesaver.org.