Pensacola– A Pensacola man was lost - and quickly found - Monday (Jun 30) around 9:30pm. James Walker, 70, was wearing the “Project Lifesaver” transmitting device, which works like a GPS, used to locate missing Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. Escambia County Sheriff’s Office used ground and air vehicles to locate the man in approximately 24 minutes from the time the search initiated. The man’s wife, Ceola Walker, stated “the only relief I had was that they would find him because of this device.”
More than 16,000 persons over age 60 in Northwest Florida are diagnosed with some form of dementia. Seventy percent (70%) of Alzheimer’s patients will wander away from their homes at one point in their illness; and about 60% will repeatedly wander. They become lost and confused, not remembering how to get home.
Alzheimer’s Family Services (AFS) – in conjunction with local law enforcement and search and rescue teams – operates the “Project Lifesaver” program in Northwest Florida. The program provides a piece of mind for family members caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or other dementia. There is a $50 monthly service, although grant funds are available for those that can not afford it.
Alzheimer's Family Services, Inc. (AFS) provides support and education to families coping with Alzheimer's disease. AFS is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization and is an affiliate of Covenant Hospice, Inc. For more information contact Alzheimer’s Family Services (AFS) at (850) 478-7790 or visit us on the web: www.alzfamserv.org.
PHOTOS: Deputy First Class Vincent D. Odenbrettof the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Division points to the location the man was found off Navy Blvd.
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