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Image of senior man walkingCounty residents caring for a senior with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia should be aware of  Project Lifesaver, which just might save the lives of their elderly loved ones should they wander from their homes.

Project Lifesaver is a free program that uses radio-frequency technology to find seniors who stray and return them safely to their families.

Through Project Lifesaver, seniors are fitted with bracelets with special batteries. Then, should they wander away, specifically trained and equipped police from the Westchester County Department of Public Safety can find them using radio signals that the bracelets transmit.

In addition to the public safety department, Project Lifesaver is sponsored by the Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services (DSPS) and its Livable Communities initiative, the Westchester Public/Private Partnership for Aging Services and International Project Lifesaver.

DSPS Commissioner Mae Carpenter said, "Project Lifesaver is one of many programs the department sponsors to support caregivers. Caring for an elderly person is an act of love by a family member, but is often an exhausting and lonely job. That's why neighbors and others in the community must volunteer to lend a hand.”

Contact Information

The Westchester County Department of Public Safety is the current program administrator for Project Lifesaver. For more information or to register, call the public safety department at (914) 864-7979 or email .