The County of Dukes County
Project Lifesaver
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                        "Bringing Your Loved Ones Home"
                
                    Protecting the wandering and bringing peace of mind to families,                
                                              caregivers and communities...

           The reliable rapid-response partnership with law enforcement aiding victims and
                families suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders such as
                                             Down’s Syndrome and Autism

Over 5,000,000 people in the USA have Alzheimer's and related disorders. 800 or more on Martha's Vineyard
alone.That number will triple by 2050.  Well over 50% of these people wander and become lost.   A lost person
with Alzheimer's or other dementia represents a critical emergency.  They are unaware of their situation, they do
not call out for help and  do not respond to people calling out to them.   Nearly half of them will die and many
can become injured,  or fall victim to  predators if they are not located within 24 hours.  The number of
families and communities experiencing this risk will grow dramatically in the coming years.  
 Project Lifesaver has formed a partnership with the Dukes County Sheriff's Office who
 deploy specially trained teams with the most reliable technology available to quickly locate
and return wandering adults and children to their families and caregivers.

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How Project Lifesaver Works
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We have combined “tried and true” radio technology with rescue teams from the Dukes County Sheriff’s Office and the local community to build an effective life-saving system that has proven itself, time and again, to be reliable, responsive, practical and affordable.
People who are part of the Project Lifesaver program wear a personalized wristband that emits a tracking signal.  When caregivers notify the Sheriff’s Office, ( local Project Lifesaver agency) that the person is missing, a search and rescue team responds to the wanderer’s area and starts searching with the mobile tracking system.  Search times have been reduced from hours and days to minutes. 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.  Each wristband has it’s own unique radio frequency, so the search team positively locates and identifies the person who has wandered away.
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Technology is Only Half the Story

Project Lifesaver belongs to each community.  It’s all about people and partnerships.  Local Sheriff’s Office, Civic groups, businesses, and the caregivers join in developing and strengthening all aspects of the program including rescues, fundraising and education within their towns and counties.   Project Lifesaver emphasizes relationships between team members and the people who may wander before the need may arise for a rescue.  Team members visit the home of the  bracelet  recipients to install the  transmitter and make regular visits to maintain the equipment.  Project Lifesaver team members are specially trained,  not only in the use  of the electronic tracking equipment, but especially in the methods to communicate with the person who has Alzheimer’s.  Locating the individual is only part of  the mission. The person who is located will be disoriented, anxious, and untrusting. The Project Lifesaver team knows how to approach the person, gain their trust and put
them to ease for the trip home.


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                             To learn more about Project Lifesaver in our community,
                                  contact Sgt. Kayla Pachico at 508-627-5173  
      The Reliable Rescue Program for Wandering Victims of Alzheimer’s and Related Mental Disorders
                                     Endorsed by the National Sheriff’s Association