Project Lifesaver

Project Lifesaver is an innovative rapid response program aiding victims and families suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders such as Down Syndrome and Autism. 

Project Lifesaver deploys specially trained teams with the most reliable technology available to quickly locate and return wandering adults and children to their families and caregivers.

Over 5,000,000 people in the USA have Alzheimer’s. 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 people, families and communities experiencing this risk will grow dramatically in the next few years.

If you are not yet touched in some way by Alzheimer’s or a related disorder, chances are you will be within the next several years.  You will find it among neighbors, your friends, co-workers and their families, and perhaps within your own family. 

Project Lifesaver  is an active response to the problem of locating wandering patients before they fall victim to the elements, accidents, or predators.

How Project Lifesaver Works

Project Lifesaver relies on proven radio technology and a specially trained search and rescue team.  Clients that are enrolled in  the Project Lifesaver program wear a personalized wristband that emits a tracking signal.  When caregivers notify the 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 locater tracking system.  Search times have been reduced from hours and days to minutes. In over 1000 searches, there have been no reported serious injuries or deaths. Recovery times average less than 30 minutes.

Project Lifesaver is not a registry program

The Project Lifesaver bracelet is much more than a passive ID bracelet.  It is a one-ounce battery-operated radio 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.  As each bracelet has a unique radio frequency, the Project Lifesaver search team positively locates and identifies the person who has wandered away from home or a care facility.

For more information on this program contact Officer Jennifer Mitchell by email at or by phone at (508) 528-1212.