We haven’t seen many — or any — suspense novels where the plot revolves around the search for a person with Alzheimer’s disease who has wandered. But The Columbus Dispatch says author Alice Lichtenstein has done her research and that makes “Lost” worth reading.
Condensed to a sentence, Lost sounds like a suspense novel: Christopher, a 72-year-old former architect afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease, wanders off into the snowy woods somewhere in the Northeast, and his wife and a team of rescuers try to find him.
via Book Review | Lost: Trio linked in redemptive search | The Columbus Dispatch.
TAMPA — A 77-year-old man with Alzheimer’s disease who went missing Thursday was found by deputies who activated an electronic locator on the man’s ankle.
Carl Chandler of W Hiawatha Street in Tampa goes for a walk around his neighborhood every afternoon. He’s usually gone for about a half hour.
His wife of 55 years, Naomi Fay Chandler, said she got worried when Chandler didn’t come home after about an hour.
Chandler wears an electronic SafetyNet tracker that is registered with the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office through a nonprofit Virginia company called Project Lifesaver. When Chandler’s wife notified deputies that he was missing, they turned on his tracker.
via Man with Alzheimer’s found by using electronic tracker – St. Petersburg Times.
WESTWOOD, Mass., Oct. 14 — The Project Lifesaver Program and the SafetyNet System have expanded into New Hampshire, their 45th state, according to an announcement made today by Project Lifesaver International and SafetyNet. This tracking and rescue solution, which is now available in Salem, NH and used by the Salem Police Department, offers public safety agencies the necessary training, technology and procedures to enable the successful rescue of people with cognitive conditions — such as Alzheimer’s and autism — who wander or otherwise become lost.
As part of its commitment to protecting people at risk of wandering, SafetyNet has provided Radio Frequency-based SafetyNet Search and Rescue receivers at no cost to the Salem Police Department.
Project Lifesaver International, a non-profit organization that specializes in electronic search and rescue (SAR) programs, conducted in-depth training and provided certification to the Salem Police Department in late September. Their training includes teaching public safety officials how to use the SafetyNet System and how to gain the trust of and communicate with people at risk who wander, as well as to ensure that caregivers are well versed in the program — all of which are essential to a successful rescue.
“We are excited about this partnership with Project Lifesaver and SafetyNet,” said William J. Ganley III, Deputy Chief, Salem Police Department. “This will allow our police department to be proactive, rather than reactive in dealing with this critical need in our community. Thanks to donations from community groups like Kiwanis, we can better serve the people who need our help the most.”
via SafetyNet and Project Lifesaver Expand Search & Rescue Solution into New Hampshire.
On a lovely afternoon in Sherborn, 10-year-old Dean Howell was hiking with his caretaker, when he suddenly ran off and disappeared into the brush. For most parents or caretakers, this show of a child’s independence or precociousness is little more than a delay or inconvenience. Yet, for parents of children with special needs—such as autism, Down syndrome or deafness whereby the child may be unable to respond to their name, avoid eye contact, or lack the cognitive strength to navigate their way back or to assistance, the situation can be more dire.
via Lost and Found: New Tracking Device Helps Special Needs Community | wickedlocalparents.com.
WESTWOOD, Mass., July 8 – SafetyNet and Project Lifesaver International today announced that the SafetyNet System and Project Lifesaver Program has helped to rescue — in less than 30 minutes each — five people with Alzheimer’s or dementia who had wandered over the past month. The SafetyNet/Project Lifesaver service answers a critical need for people with cognitive conditions at risk of wandering, and is a particularly important service for caregivers and family members during the summer months when the life-threatening issue of wandering tends to increase.
via SafetyNet and Project Lifesaver Help Rescue Clients Afflicted With Alzheimer’s/Dementia… | Reuters.