New Device Helps Families Track Loved Ones With Alzheimer’s, Dementia

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Dementia and Alzheimer’s are affecting more and more families.

And for caregivers, watching over and keeping track of a loved one who might not have a good memory is a daunting task.

Sixty percent of Alzheimer’s patients will wander.

Worrying if they will wander off…and what to do if they do…is cause for continual aggravation and concern.

That is, until now.

A new program in Long Beach is helping to save lives. And developers of this new tracking device had their first rescue this week. (To see if you qualify,  call 562-570-1436.) Or go to their Web site: http://longbeach.gov/police/info/safe_reunion_long_beach.asp

Torrance is also signed on.  (Torrance residents interested in acquiring a device or making a contribution toward the purchase of additional units should contact Officer Chad Farley with the Torrance PD Community Affairs Division at 310-328-3456.)

For other communities, click on the following: http://emfinders.com/our-solution/products/secure-band

Lisa Sigell, CBS2 News

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