Over 500,000 people in the U.S. have Alzheimer’s and related disorders, and that number is expected to triple by 2050. It is estimated that over 50% of these people are likely to become disoriented, wander and become lost at some point. Awareness of the problem and safety measures, like Project Lifesaver, can help reduce injury or tragedy.
Project Life Saver
Project Lifesaver involves equipping Alzheimer’s patients and others who are at risk of wandering from home with a bracelet that enables police, through the use of a special tracking device to locate the person from several miles away.
The Berwick Health & Wellness Fund Auxiliary Gift Shop (located at the Berwick Hospital) sponsors this program with support of the Berwick Police Department. Through a grant, the Auxiliary covers the purchase of the tracking device as well as the
bracelets for those living in the 23 townships and boroughs of the greater Berwick Area.
Project Life Saver is a national program that was started in Chesapeake, Virginia, in 1999. It is now located in over 250 Communities in 26 states.
On average, rescues have taken 22 minutes using the tracking device.
The Project Lifesaver wristband is much more than a passive ID bracelet. It is a one-ounce battery operated wrist transmitter emitting an automatic tracking signal every second, 24 hours a day. The signal is tracked on the ground or in the air over several miles. As each wristband has a unique radio frequency, the Project Lifesaver search team positively locates and identifies the person who has wandered away from home or a care facility.
The Berwick Police Department provides routine equipment maintenance including replacement and repair.