Project Lifesaver Aids Law Enforcement and Families in Finding Loved Ones With Dementia or Alzheimer's

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After an elderly woman with Alzheimer’s went missing early Thursday morning, Dothan police were on alert.

The woman was found in a short amount of time near her home.
But that isn't always the case in these types of situations.

That's why the Houston County Sheriff's Department started Project Lifesaver a few years ago.

The program helps locate elderly with Alzheimer’s or Dementia with a simple bracelet.

The bracelet sends out a signal and the sheriff's department can pick that signal up to locate the person.

Captain Jeff Carlisle says usually people are found pretty quickly without the devices and have just wandered close to home.

"It would be very beneficial in the case someone had actually walked out into the woods to where nobody can find them or they could be down, that type of thing. That's the biggest reason why we want to have this, for their protection,” Carlisle said.

If you're interested in participating in Project Lifesaver, contact the Houston County Sheriff's Office.