ALBANY, N.Y. - A high-tech new device announced by the Albany County Sheriff's Office aims to help keep people living with conditions like Dementia, Alzheimer's and Down Syndrome safe.
According to Project Lifesaver International, the organization spearheading the program, 59 percent of people with Alzheimer's develop the tendency to wander.
Through a statewide initiative, introduced Friday at the Albany County Sheriff's Department, "Project Lifesaver" can track your loved one by attaching a transmitter to their ankle or wrist. This initiative will cut down on the time and money it takes police to search for them if they wander off.
"This will help them stay home longer, because God forbid something happens. We've heard it all before. Some senior wanders off and we find them in the woods and this is really gonna give people the opportunity to leave mom and dad home, because if they wander off, I can track them with the bracelet they're gonna wear," says Albany County Executive Dan McCoy.
The "Project Lifesaver" program is funded through money from drug and gambling seizures in Albany County.
Caregivers that have a loved one that suffers from a disorder which causes wandering can get more information about Project Lifesaver by contacting the Albany County Sheriff's, Office of Emergency Management at 518-720-8025, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting www.albanycountysheriff.com.