Project Lifesaver is a search and rescue program operated by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and public safety agencies across the country. The program targets “at-risk” individuals who are prone to wandering away from their safe environment. The program is designed to reduce potential injury of adults and children with the propensity to wander due to Alzheimer’s, dementia, autism or other cognitive diseases.
Research conducted by the Alzheimer’s Association reveals that one in ten people in Alabama over the age of 65 and older have developed Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. The percentage increases with age: 17 percent of people age 75-84, and 32 percent of people aged 85 and older have Alzheimer’s dementia.1 In Montgomery, AL, approximately 15.1% of the population is 65 or older.
The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Project Lifesaver is committed to assisting the community and keeping your loved ones safe!
Through multi-agency collaboration of monetary and personnel resources we plan to issue bracelets to any resident suffering from a memory-impaired illness. The primary agency listed on the bracelets will be the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office. The bracelet also contains a personal pin number that is registered to the client. Once contact is made with the Sheriff's Office, we will notify the caregiver of their loved ones location. There have been incidents when a person has wandered to another state.
Note: This program is not designed to obtain personal facts or information, but a program to assist caregivers in locating their loved ones with a propensity to wander from their safe environments. The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to working with you to make this happen!
Sheriff Cunningham has a Deputy assigned to the program for registration. This program was founded in April 1999 by the Chesapeake Sheriff's Office. It utilizes state-of-the-art personalized radio transmitters on identified persons who are at risk of wandering away from their safe environments.
Statistics from the National Alzheimer's Association reveal:
- 60% of people with Alzheimer's disease wander and become lost
- 75% are repeat wanders
- 46% may die if not found within 24 hours
Hopefully with the use of these transmitter bracelets to assist victims that have a history of wandering, we can reduce the national statistics here in Montgomery County.
Please complete both forms to complete the process.