Project Lifesaver is an innovative rapid response program aiding victims and families suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders such as Down’s Syndrome and Autism.
By forming partnerships with local law enforcement and public safety organizations, Project Lifesaver deploys specially trained teams with the most reliable technology available to quickly locate and return wandering adults and children to their families and caregivers.
Over 5 million people in the United States suffer from Alzheimer’s. That number will triple by 2050. Well over 50 percent of these people wander and become lost. A lost person with Alzheimer’s or other dementia represents a critical emergency. They are unaware of their situation, they do not call out for help and do not respond to people calling out for them.
Nearly half of them will die and many can become injured or fall victim to predators if they are not located within 24 hours. The number of people, families and communities experiencing this risk will grow dramatically in the next few years.
Why Project Lifesaver for Hampton
Members of the Hampton Sheriff’s Office trained for and began offering the program in Spring 2003 to Hampton citizens. Project Lifesaver is in keeping with HSO’s mission of being “committed to our community”. Incorporating the program into its community offerings is a natural progression.
Even though the Project Lifesaver program itself is a lifesaver for victims’ families, the project is really about the partnerships and interactions of people within the community. Having this program in a particular area provides the opportunity for law enforcement officials--who are more often identified by uniform than by name or face--to be seen as regular people, wanting the best for their community. The opportunity for regular interaction with its citizens, building positive, mutually trusting relationships is an important and continuous goal of the Hampton Sheriff’s Office.