"When he approached him and asked if he was ok, he recognized the signature on his bracelet which is with the Safe Return program at the Alzheimer's Association, as far as I am concerned that saved his life."The Alzheimer's Association Medic Alert + Safe Return bracelet cost $50. The bracelet carries the name of the Alzheimer's person and a toll free number that can be called if the person is unable to provide their address or phone number. Current estimates indicate that sixty percent of persons suffering from Alzheimer's wander away and get lost. The bracelet is a great solution to this problem.
For more information on the bracelet, call the Association at 1-800-861-7826. Or, go to Safe Return on the Internet.
The article on the next page shows just how important the bracelet can be and illustrates its effectiveness.
Bracelet saves Boca Raton man with Alzheimer's
Lou Bigman is known as "Lucky Lou" at the Mae Volen Senior Center in Boca Raton.
Bigman participates in daily activities at the center.
Denise Parsons the Director of the adult day care says Wednesday afternoon once he got home with his wife, he got lost.
"He took his usual walk with his wife, she went into the house he took his walk alone and he didn't come home".
His wife called the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies started a search. A stranger found Bigman wandering around.
"When he approached him and asked if he was ok, he recognized the signature on his bracelet which is with the Safe Return program at the Alzheimer's Association, as far as I am concerned that saved his life."
The bracelet had Bigman's name on it, and a toll free number to call if the person wearing the bracelet had memory impairment.
Dottie Carson with the Alzheimer's Association says this incident, which had a happy ending, is a reminder that these bracelets could save many more people suffering from Alzheimer's.
"There are 200,000 people in the Southeast Florida chapter with Alzheimer's that is from Vero to the Keys and we only have 5,400 people with Safe Return bracelets."
Bigman's family is thankful for the bracelet and thankful deputies would not give up on the search.
Captain Matt Eisenberg with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office says it's nice the deputies were thanked for keeping up the search.
"We appreciate what they did by making sure that their family member did in fact have an Alzheimer's bracelet on."
The Alzheimer's Association says it cost $50.00 to get your loved one a "Safe Return" bracelet.
For more information, call the Association at 1-800-272-3900.
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