The Troy Elks have once again secured and awarded a $750.00 Ohio Elks Association Community Service Grant to the Miami County Sheriff's Office to continue funding Project Lifesaver. The Elks have awarded this grant to the Sheriff's Office for the past several years which helps ensure we can offer this service to clients at no charge.
Project Lifesaver places personalized radio transmitters on an individual which can assist caregivers and local emergency agencies in locating them were they to wander away from their residence.
Members of the Project Lifesaver team are specially trained, not only in the use of the electronic tracking equipment, but especially in the methods used to communicate with a person who has Alzheimer's or another related disorder.
Locating the individual is only part of the mission. The person who is located will most likely be disoriented, anxious, and un-trusting. The Project Lifesaver team knows how to approach the person, gain their trust, and put them at ease for the trip home. Statistics reveal that 59% of people with Alzheimer's disease wander and become lost while 72 % of them are repeat wanderers and 46% of them may die if not found within 24 hours.
The Troy Elks have also donated cinch bags, frisbees, coloring books, and safety literature to name a few items for the annual Sheriff's Youth camp. We cannot thank the officers and members of the Troy Elks enough for their generosity and partnership with us in promoting public safety in Miami County!