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Alzheimer's Awareness: Project Lifesaver

Alzheimer's
Posted at 8:00 AM, Sep 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-29 00:05:40-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- September is Alzheimer's Awareness Month, and every Tuesday, WTXL Sunrise is talking about some important information about the disease.

Project Lifesaver is a free initiative that's been in the area for a decade, after the Pilot Club of Tallahassee and Leon County Sheriff's Office started it in 2005.

Project Lifesaver is for those who wander away from the safety of home, work or school. 

It uses an FM frequency transmitting device, so if the client wanders, family members can contact the Leon County Sheriff's office to begin the search. According to Alzheimer's Project, the national success rate of finding a person is 98% within one to two hours.

This program is run on a county by county basis and is available in many counties throughout Florida and the United States.

For more information or to set up a time for an assessment, contact Maggie Maddox at (850) 386-2778.

The Alzheimer's Project is hosting the "Forget Me Not" Walk and Festival. The kick-off party is Tuesday, September 29 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Momo's Pizza on Market Street.

The event is November 1 from 1:30 p.m. until 4 p.m.

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