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New Program to Track Missing Alzheimer's Patients

By Caitlyn Jones
By cjones@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn. - Many people in West Tennessee have worried about a loved one suffering from Alzheimer's. New program could offer some valuable assistance offered soon.

The Jackson Police Department announced they're launching a program called Project Lifesaver. It's designed to help locate patients suffering from dementia, Alzheimer's or autism if they wander off.
The patient would wear a wristband at all times with a transmitter inside of it. If the person is reported missing, the Jackson Police Department can find their exact GPS location.

They are one of 50 departments to receive a federal grant providing them with all the equipment and training. Officers should be ready to implement the program by September.

"This just gives us one more tool. It is a lot faster if everything falls into place," said Lt. J.D. Hale of the Jackson Police Department.

Hale says to get the wristband for a loved one, a short questionnaire about the patient has to be answered. Then the device can be purchased for around 300 dollars. They hope to set up financial assistance for patients soon.