Sep 28, 2009

The $50 Solution to the Alzheimer's Wandering Problem

"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 person suffering from Alzheimer's, and a toll free number that can be called if the person is unable to provide their address or phone number when lost.

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.
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Enrollment in the MedicAlert + Safe Return program includes:
  • Individualized emblem engraved with MedicAlert + Safe Return’s 24-Hour emergency response number.
  • Live 24-hour emergency response service for wandering and medical emergencies.
  • 24-hour family notification service during wandering incidents and medical emergencies.
  • 24-hour relaying of key medical information to emergency responders.
  • 24-hour care consultation services provided by master's level counselors

If an individual with Alzheimer's or a related dementia wanders and becomes lost, caregivers can call this emergency response line--800-625-3780--to report the incident. A community support network will be activated, including local Association chapters and law enforcement agencies, to help reunite the family member or caregiver with the person who wandered.

Call this number to learn more about the program and purchase the bracelet--888-572-8566. Or go here to learn more including how to join the program.

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