October 26, 2011

Project Lifesaver International – A public safety program designed to protect and locate missing persons due to wandering

Filed under: Alzheimer's — seniorlivingguide @ 12:43 pm

Organizations and Law Enforcement Agencies have endorsed and pledged their support of Project Lifesaver International.

  • National Autism Association
  • Dennis Debbaudt
  • RT Autism Awareness Foundation
  • New York State Sheriff’s Office
  • National Sheriff’s Association
  • Virginia Sheriff’s Association
  • Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
  • Pilot International
  • New Jersey Sheriff’s Association
  • Florida Sheriff’s Association
  • Commonwealth Autism Service
  • International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners
  • National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners


  • Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
  • United Way
  • Leave a Legacy

Educational and community awareness programs have been a cornerstone to Project Lifesaver’s success. Project Lifesaver volunteers are active in presenting information to civic groups, law enforcement agencies and various health care providers throughout the community and the nation.

“Lifesaver has given me an extensive sense of security. It is the first time in ten years that I can move from one room to another with any comfort of immediate help if I need.”

– Shirley Cassida
Wife & Caregiver, Virginia Beach, VA

“I recomend Project Lifesaver International to the parents of my patients with developmental disabilities who have a problem with wandering off and getting lost.

– Thomas R Montgomery, M.D.
Director, Developmental Disabilities Children Specialty Group, PLLC

Project Lifesaver was established in April of 1999 as an initiative of the 43rd Search and Rescue Company of the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office. Project Lifesaver’s mission is to use state of the art technology in assisting those who care for victims of Alzheimer’s and other Related Mental Dysfunction Disorders (ARMD) and victims who become lost. These victims include the elderly and even the youngest in our community who are afflicted with Down syndrome, Autism or other developmental disorders. There are no boundaries – no one is immune!

The Project Lifesaver program places personalized radio transmitters on identified persons with ARMD who may wander away from the safety of their homes. These transmitters assist caregivers and local emergency agencies in locating those who cannot help themselves.

  • A large number of transmitters have been placed on those with Alzheimer’s. Dementia and children with Autism, Down syndrome or developmental disorders.
  • Local emergency teams respond to calls resulting in an average rescue time of less than 30 minutes.

Project Lifesaver International is volunteer staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Volunteers assist in all aspects of Project Lifesaver International. Project Lifesaver’s volunteers are important and new members are always welcome.

Funding for Project Lifesaver is a result of private and corporate donations and grants. Since Project Lifesaver International is comprised of mainly volunteers, donations are used directly for programs, rescues and educational expenses.

Donations may be sent to:

Project Lifesaver International
815 Battlefield Blvd., South
Chesapeake, Virginia 23322


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