'Project Lifesaver' offers free bracelets to keep track of elderly wanderers

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - "Project lifesaver" is a collaborative program of the Washington County Sheriff's Office and the Area Agency of Aging.

It works to protect people suffering from Alzheimer's disease, Dementia, Down Syndrome, Memory loss and other illnesses that cause them to wander off.

To be a good candidate the individual must have a 24/7 caregiver, and go through the Area Agency of Aging's interview process.

The potential wanderer would wear a transmitter with a water-resistant wristband, that can be worn on the wrist or ankle.

Fredrick Hindman, the Assistant Executive Director at Buckeye Hills says, "they are usually in the form of a bracelet that's tuned to a particular frequency for that person. So, if that person wanders off law enforcement officials can track that person by the frequency that their transmitter transmits. On average in instances that we've had in the past they have been able to recover and find those people within thirty minutes."

Project lifesaver is available in all of our surrounding counties.

The program is dependent on donations, but it's often provided for free in all of its available counties.

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