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Sometimes Our Biggest Failures Become Our Largest Gifts – The Project Lifesaver Story

Thursday March 12th, 2020 Starts at 2pm EST, 1pm CST, 12pm MST, 11am PST & 7pm London and on the 13th at 6am in Australia.

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Today on Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio host Lori La Bey talks with Chief Gene Saunders the founder and CEO of Project Lifesaver which he started 21 years ago as a result of unsuccessful search and rescue missions.  Learn how, why and what turned things around to improve the search and rescue missions for thousands of people and how you can protect your loved one.

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Website:  https://projectlifesaver.org/

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Mark Arnold,  started Child Alert Center in 2005 to fill the need for families whose child was missing but didn’t qualify for an Amber Alert. Over 800,000 children reported missing, less than 300 qualify, thus the burden is on the families to find their loved one. From there we evolved with our other services to protect everyone in the family, included extended family (pets, grandparents, etc.)  Click Here To Get Your Discount!

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The City Of Roseville, Minnesota – A Mission To Improve Life With Dementia

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 A Mission To Improve Life With Dementia

Rsvl sign on becoming Dementia AwareOn April 23rd, the City of Roseville, along with the Roseville Alzheimer’s & Dementia Community Action Team (Rsvl A/D) and the Roseville Act on Alzheimer’s Project had their kick off event to highlight all they are doing to improve the lives of those dealing with dementia.  Roseville A/D was formed as a grassroots initiative in September of 2013 and in 2014 they received two grants through the ACT on Alzheimer’s organization to further their mission.

The kickoff meeting held a packed house along with media gathered to listen to a two hour presentation which featured information and resources from three primary groups – Government Officials, City Staff and Community Connections.

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Lori La Bey, founder of Alzheimer’s Speak was the   MC for the event.  She grew up in Roseville and her own mother lived with dementia over thirty years.  She is also one of the international ambassadors for the Purple Angel project, which is the new global symbol for dementia.  Everyone can help spread awareness of dementia by using this symbol.  It costs no money and takes very little time, but has a powerful impact.

RSVL A-D Logo FinalRsvl ACT LogoSara Barsel, spoke and gave the history of both the Roseville A/D and Roseville ACT on Alzheimer’s project. She also reviewed several projects which have been completed as well as the action plan for 2015, which includes an educational series and movie reviews.

sara_barsel_at_kickoffSara also highlighted all the dedicated page for Alzheimer’s and Dementia on the city website which has great resources for those living in Roseville and surrounding areas.  Sara also highlighted the new educational series that was launched.

Series of Expert Talks about Alzheimer’s is April 28 to May 21

A series of eight programs in Roseville by local experts on Alzheimer’s disease and on effective caregiving will be held April 28 to May 21. Programs will address normal aging, how dementia affects the brain and other topics that help people better understand diseases that cause memory loss.

All talks are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

The talks on Tuesdays will be 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Fairview Community Center, 1910 County Road B West, with information about Alzheimer’s and dementia. Topics will be Healthy Brain; Dementia vs. Normal Aging; Virtual Dementia Tour; and Dementia-Friendly ACTion Steps.

Talks on Thursdays will be 1-2:30 p.m. at Roseville City Hall, 2660 Civic Center Drive, aimed at helping caregivers and friends offer effective support for people with dementia. Topics will be Senior Gems/How Dementia Affects the Brain; Practical Tips for Avoiding Power Struggles; Becoming an Alzheimer’s Whisperer; and Caregiver Stress/Burnout.

For details, go to http://www.cityofroseville.com/dementiainfo  A second series of eight talks will be presented in October, with four films about Alzheimer’s issues to be shown on Sundays, two in September and two in November.

Next we heard from government representatives were: Senator Amy Klobuchar, Senator Al Franken, Representative – Betty McCollum, Ramsey County Commissioner Mary Jo McGuire and Roseville’s Mayor Dan Roe.

Kickoff 4Above are representatives of Roseville’s staff:  City Manager – Pat Trudgeon, Fire Inspector & Firefighter – Sam Baker, from the Police Department Corey Yunke – Community Relations Coordinator and Erika Scheider – Police Lieutenant.  rsvll_fire_dept

The Fire Department shared the “Vial of Life” which is for emergency contacts and healthcare information.  You can contact the Fire Dept if you are interested in receiving one if  you were not able to attend the kickoff meeting.

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The police encouraged people to register their loved ones with 911.

Pat Trudgeon, announced the City is committed to becoming Dementia Aware and joining the Purple Angel project.

A recording of this event will air on Roseville Channel 16 on Friday May 1 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, May 2 at 10 a.m. plus two additional times during the month.  It is also listed on CTV page for viewing listed at the bottom of this article.

PA_join_the_cause_snap_w_urlOur representatives from the community were: Janell Wampler – Roseville Area Schools & Senior Program, Deb Nygaard – Arthur’s Residential  & J. Arthur’s Coffee Shop, Lori La Bey – Alzheimer’s Speaks, Carolyn Klaver –  Lyngblomsten & The Gathering and Catherine Engstrom – Wilder Foundations & PS I Understand.

rosevilel_school_logoJanell informed us of a variety of services the school district and senior center have for those residing in Roseville.

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Deb Nygaard shared how Arthur’s Residential & J. Arthur’s Coffee Shop have become dementia friendly and how that has effected their organizations, as well as families they serve and the community at large.  Arthur’s also sponsors three Memory Cafe held on the 2nd an 4th Wednesday of each month and have been a big success for those diagnosed with dementia as well as their care partners.

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Lori La Bey, founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks shared a video which featured three families living with dementia.  Each shared critical insights about life with dementia and how important it is for communities and businesses to become dementia aware and friendly.  Below is the video.

Cities Should Follow Roseville’s Lead And Have A Dedicated Web Page For Dementia Resources And Services

Roseville is believed to be the first city in the nation to dedicate a page on their official city website to dementia.

Thank you John and Virginia Sweeney, Ed and Judy Meehan and George Seiler for their willingness to share their insights with us.

lyngblonsten_logoCarolyn Klaver  with Lyngblomsten & The Gathering shared their wonderful programs and need for volunteers.

If interested in volunteering in Roseville email RosevilleAlzDem@gmail.com 

wilder_logoCatherine Engstrom talked about the Wilder Foundations & their P.S. I Understand program which too is always looking for volunteers.

If interested in volunteering in Roseville email RosevilleAlzDem@gmail.com

The program wrapped up with questions and answers and people gathering in the hallway talking with vendors gathering more resources before leaving.

You can go to CTV and watch the full program.

snap_of_gov_off_from_kickoff_CTVFor the feature story done by Channel 5, ABC News Click Here

channel_5_logoThe ACT on Alzheimer’s project was developed by the Roseville Alzheimer’s and Dementia Community Action Team, a volunteer collaboration of local residents, senior services and city officials. Roseville A/D has offered additional projects, including a guide to local resources, services and events available on the City of Roseville at http://www.cityofroseville.com/dementiainfo

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Wandering – Shouldn’t We Be Talking RF Not GPS Technology?

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Shouldn’t We Be Talking RF Not GPS Technology?

By Mike Good, founder of Together In This

Elopement is a common concern families face when their loved one is dealing with a neurological problem such as Alzheimer’s disease or Autism. With Alzheimer’s disease, this risk for wandering not only increases family stress but it can reduce the independence of the person with the disease.

Electronic location devices can improve a family’s peace of mind. Should a loved one become lost, they know there is a system in place to help locate their loved one. These devices can also help maintain the independence of the person with Alzheimer’s. These people, who are active but understand they are at risk for becoming lost, will have more confidence to move about freely when wearing the device.

What about GPS?

With GPS now commonly found in our cars and in our smart phones, it’s no wonder it’s the first technology people think of in this situation. GPS devices generally rely on the caregiver or a monitoring service to locate the missing person.

Many people find this technology complicated and too expensive, and therefore, don’t utilize it. GPS also has limitations. As most of us have learned, GPS doesn’t work in some remote locations, within buildings, or when obstructed by large objects such as a building or heavy vegetation.

Battery life is also very short and recharging requires frequent removal of the device. This in itself poses problems as most people struggling with this disease like consistency, and frequent changes may result in increased resistance.

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A Better Solution?

There is another option that is often overlooked primarily because local law enforcement agencies must lead the effort. Radio frequency (RF) technology utilizes FM (same as your car stereo) and is arguably a better overall solution. Chief Saunders, founder of Project Life Saver, stated on the Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio show, “RF tends to work 100% of the time.”

As with all technology, there are always trade offs. Although these systems require the user to wear an unattractive watch-like device, battery life can be between 1 and 61 months depending on the device. This is obviously a vast improvement over a GPS battery which lasts roughly 2 days.

Each participant within an agency’s jurisdiction is assigned a unique frequency. That frequency is programmed into the individual’s device which is generally a bracelet and worn like a watch. The bracelet will then emit a signal that can be received by an antenna which is either hand-held, mounted to the roof of a car, or even attached to a helicopter.

These signals can be detected within 1 mile in searches conducted on the ground and up to 7 miles in searches done by helicopter2. Since a mobile person can walk approximately 4 miles in an hour, success of these devices is vastly improved the sooner the person is reported missing.

Once search and rescue personnel are notified, they immediately respond to the person’s last known location. These rescue teams are trained on how to properly use the receiving equipment and, importantly, how to deal with Alzheimer’s specific challenges. They are also provided with a profile of the lost individual that was created during the registration process.

Having trained personnel conduct the search relieves the caregiver of the additional stress and allows for a more effective search. Since its inception in 1999, Project Life Saver has found more than 2,897 lost individuals in an average time of 30 minutes or less.3

Which Device is Right for You?

No system is 100% successful and each situation requires its own unique set of safeguards. There are a lot of factors to take into consideration when selecting a tracking device and this report funded by the Canadian Ministry of Community and Social Services  provides some great details including extensive information with an in-depth comparison of these technologies.

It’s evident that GPS is not ideal for everyone but RF technology is not available for everyone. As a result, it’s imperative that local agencies put systems in place to help the growing number of caregivers and their loved ones survive these situations. These agencies, however, must be influenced to implement the RF technology in their community either by their own personal experience or by the general public.

To get more information that you can provide to you local agency contact Project Lifesaver or LoJack SafetyNet today.

Do you use a tracking device? Please share your experience in the comments below.

 References:

1 https://www.safetynetbylojack.com/pressrelease/index.cfm/15

2 https://www.safetynetbylojack.com/Caregivers/Fact_sheet

3 http://www.projectlifesaver.org/project-lifesaver/

About the Author: Mike Good is founder of Together in This an online community helping family members caring for someone with Alzheimer’s. Through short, informative articles and easy-to-use tools, such as the Introductory Guide to Alzheimer’s, he helps them take control and have peace-of-mind they are doing the right things.

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Wandering The Gift

Here is a beautiful poem written by granddaughter, inspired by visits with her grandmother diagnosed with dementia.

Wandering The Gift

by Michelle Villanueva

 

she smiles wistfully as though green

dances along some bright field

alive in mind yet lost to time’s dull grasp

 

these moments more precious than lace

gracing the table where jokes and hot cocoa

years ago warmed thick winter afternoons

 

hers remains the power of lilac petals

overflowing with hope for the spring rains

 

tell me the story of those sunlit streams

I whisper her laughter the sound of tiny birds

 

with care as the steady clouds she holds my hand

teases of lilac scent the air as we wander past


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