Wandering No More

By April 25, 2019WDACS News

Wandering No More

What will happen if I turn my back for just one minute? A common thought faced by families of loved ones with Alzheimer’s, dementia and autism who live with the all too real possibility of their husbands, wives, parents and children wandering away.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, six out of ten people with dementia will wander at some point while a study by the Interactive Autism Network found that 49% of children with autism will engage in wandering behavior. A majority of these individuals are recovered but there are some wandering cases that can end in tragedy.

In September 2018, Los Angeles County launched the ground-breaking L.A. FOUND Initiative and Project Lifesaver Pilot, to help locate individuals with Alzheimer’s, dementia or autism who wander. The County has partnered with Project Lifesaver to provide a voluntary system of trackable bracelets for at-risk individuals. When someone wearing a bracelet goes missing, the Sheriff’s Department can triangulate their approximate location using radio frequency technology. To date, more than 250 families have received bracelets and four individuals who wandered away have been successfully found.

In just a few short months, the initiative has not only saved lives but has allowed family members and caretakers to have peace of mind as to the safety and whereabouts of their loved ones. To find out if Project Lifesaver is right for you, click here. To learn more about L.A. Found, click here.