A $5,000 grant from the Alzheimer's Foundation of America will allow the Putnam County Sheriff's Office to expand its Project Lifesaver program aimed at finding lost adults.
The Project Lifesaver program uses technology and training to help combat wandering, a common and dangerous behavior among individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. In the event that someone with Alzheimer’s goes missing, the technology and training greatly enhance the department’s ability to quickly locate the person and return them to safety.
“The Putnam County New York Sheriff’s department performs a critical service in protecting the community, including individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias,” said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., president, and CEO of AFA. “The Project Lifesaver program is an essential resource that has provided families with much-needed peace of mind knowing that there is a service to help locate and protect their loved ones, should they go missing.”
The funding was awarded through the organization's bi-annual grant program, which provides funds to non-profit member organizations for programs and services that help further AFA’s mission of delivering optimal care and services to individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses, and to their families and caregivers.
“This grant and the Project Lifesaver program will help our Department better protect some of our most vulnerable citizens; we are thankful to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America for this generous gift," Putnam County Sheriff Robert L. Langley Jr. said.
To help support AFA initiatives, visit www.alzfdn.org/support-us/donate
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