Program to quickly find lost dementia patients

PLATTE CITY, Mo. (AP) — Platte County is beginning a program officials hope will help more quickly find missing people who are suffering from diseases that leave them mentally impaired.

The Project Lifesaver program will provide monitoring devices similar to a hospital bracelet to people with Alzheimer's, dementia, autism and Down syndrome. The sheriff's department will then use specific radio frequencies to find people who walk away from their homes or caregivers.

The Kansas City Star reports (http://bit.ly/1l48os7 ) the effort in Platte County is expected to begin this spring.

The bracelet and transmitter will cost $400 for the first year, with an annual subscription fee of $300.

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

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