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The basic concept of Project Lifesaver started in North Carolina with the Stokes County Mountain Rescue Team. Searches before the Project Lifesaver concept were taking over 9 hours, after Project Lifesaver was developed the recovery times were averaging under 30 minutes. Project Lifesaver is the only current organization officially orgainzed to train Public Safety Agencies to electronically locate lost people. The 43rd Virginia Search and Rescue Team in Chesapeake, Virginia officially formalized Public Safety training procedures and officially started Project Lifesaver in April, 1999.
10% of the population over the age of 65 have Alzheimer's Disease and approximately 50% of the population aged 85 and older have the disease. It is estimated that 36,000 Alzheimer's patients walk away from private homes and professional care facilities each year. Of those affected with this disease, close to 59% will develop the wandering tendency. Alzheimer's Disease destroys short-term memory while keeping long-term memory in tact. Most people that are stricken with Alzheimers live at home.
To learn more about Alzheimer's Disease please visit www.alz.org.
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