Lifesaving program available for Treasure Coast patients and caregivers


STUART, MARCH 23RD, 2012 –If you are a caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder, or know someone who is, you are encouraged to enroll in the MedicAlert® + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return® 24-hour nationwide emergency response service. This service is activated should an individual with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia wander and become lost. Caregivers can call the emergency response line (1.800.625.3780) to report wandering. A community support network will be activated, including local Alzheimer’s Association chapters and law enforcement agencies, to help reunite the family member or caregiver with the person who has wandered. If a citizen or emergency personnel finds the member, they can call the toll-free number listed on the member’s ID jewelry. MedicAlert + Safe Return will notify the member’s listed contacts, making sure the person is returned home.

Currently, scholarship funds are available for the MedicAlert + Safe Return Program through the Alzheimer’s Association Southeast Florida Chapter, waiving the regular $55 fee for TreasureCoast patients. This lifesaving program includes the member’s identification jewelry with personalized information and MedicAlert + Safe Return’s 24-hour emergency toll-free number, personalized emergency wallet card, 24-hour emergency response service and personal health record.  Primary caregivers are also encouraged to register and wear identification jewelry in the event they are injured to alert officials that a person with Alzheimer’s may now be left alone in the caregiver’s absence.

For more information on the MedicAlert + Safe Return Program please contact the Alzheimer’s Association Southeast Florida Chapter at 1.800.861.7826 ext. 502. You may also visit one of our registration sites: Port St. Lucie Council on Aging, 2501 SW Bayshore Blvd. on the second Wednesday of each month or Harbor Place Assisted Living, 3700 SE Jennings Road on the second Thursday of each month. Both sites confidentially enroll patients who are accompanied by their caregivers from 10:00 a.m. to noon.

The Alzheimer’s Association, Southeast Florida Chapter is a local 501 (c)3 organization committed to helping the families of Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. The Chapter advances efforts for researching a cure through fundraising and its signature event Walk to End Alzheimer’s™, and provides support and educational services to more than 200,000 persons with Alzheimer’s disease and their families and caregivers in its service area. It offers a 24-hour HELPLINE (800) 272-3900, support groups, Alzheimer’s Association TrialMatch™, the Medic Alert® + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return® identification bracelet program, Comfort Zone®, community education, and an advocacy program to educate Congress on critical Alzheimer’s policy issues and work to increase federal funding for research and care programs. The Association’s mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. As a national organization, Alzheimer’s Association is the largest private funder of Alzheimer’s research in the world. For more information or to make a donation, please call 1 (800) 861-7826 or visit www.alz.org/seflorida <http://www.alz.org/seflorida>.