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State grant helps Alzheimer's Association offer free medical alert bracelet and i.d program

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It's a scenario we hear about fairly often - someone with Alzheimer's, or another form of dementia, go missing.

According to the Alzheimer's Association, more than half of people with dementia will wander. That's why the Greater East Ohio Area Chapter is traveling throughout our valley encouraging families to prepare for the unexpected. They say a recent state grant is providing a medical alert bracelet and identification program free through June.

"Each person gets an identification number that's unique to them so if a First Responder or Good Samaritan should happen to find them, they can call the number on the medical alert bracelet, give that particular i.d and then that person's emergency contact is contacted," explained Karen Elliott with the Greater East Ohio Area Chapter.

Families can register for free at the following events:

  • Tuesday, May 21 3pm-7pm at Sunrise Assisted Living, 335 West McKinley Way, Poland, OH 44514.
  • Wednesday, May 22 1pm-3:30 pm at Antonine Village and Adult Day Care, 2675 N. Lipkey Rd., North Jackson, OH 44451.
  • Tuesday, June 25 11 am-1pm at SCOPE Senior Services, located in the YWCA, 375 N. Park Ave., Warren, OH 44481.
  • Friday, June 21 1pm-4pm at East Palestine Memorial Library, 309 N. Market St., East Palestine, OH 44431.

Families can also find out more or register by contacting the Alzheimer's Association at 234-284-2750.
The Alzheimer's Association 24/7 Helpline is available to connect caregivers with local services. That number is: 1-800-272-3900.
 

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