masr_idsIn an effort to further protect local seniors at risk for wandering and becoming lost, the Western Arizona Council of Governments has generously donated funding for 400 seniors to receive free MedicAlert® + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return® services. The funding will provide for three years of MedicAlert + Safe Return service for anyone 60 years of age and over who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia, and whom live within La Paz, Mohave, or Yuma Counties. As 6 out of 10 persons with Alzheimer’s or dementia will wander or become lost, the Safe Return program provides a 24/7 emergency response service to assist the individuals and their families in the event of a wandering or medical emergency situation. “We are committed to protecting our local seniors, especially those with dementia who are at-risk and in need of 24-hour protection,” said Elisa Davis, Director of Area Agency on Aging-WACOG. “MedicAlert and the Alzheimer’s Association have a trusted program that has saved many lives; therefore we are pleased to offer this service free of charge to our local seniors with dementia.” MedicAlert Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Association have partnered since 2007 to provide the Safe Return program to U.S. residents living with Alzheimer’s and related dementia. The program also supports families and caregivers who are faced with the daily worry of their loved one wandering from home and going missing. The Safe Return program activates a support network when a person with dementia is reported lost. The network, which includes local Alzheimer Association chapters and law enforcement agencies, work to help reunite the person who wandered with their caregiver or family members. The MedicAlert + Safe Return program includes a personalized medical ID with the MedicAlert + Safe Return 24/7 toll-free number, along with a suite of services including 24/7 emergency response and family notification, a personal emergency health record, and advance directive storage. Families interested in taking advantage of the free MedicAlert + Safe Return services should contact WACOG directly at 1-800-782-1886. A WACOG case manager will conduct a home visit with qualified residents and perform the service enrollment.