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Project Lifesaver Program

Project Lifesaver International was established in 1999 to assist law enforcement in locating those who wander with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, such as Down syndrome and autism.  An estimated 5.4 million Americans of all ages had Alzheimer’s disease in 2016 and it will increase to an estimated 13.8 million by 2050.

Wandering is the most life-threatening behavior of Alzheimer’s disease and can occur at any stage.  When people with Alzheimer’s wander away from a caregiver they seldom seek help and do not respond to shouts from people searching for them.  Those who become lost require an urgent, well trained response and if not found quickly, they are at high risk of serious injury or death.  The Sheriff’s Office uses specially trained Search & Rescue members using Project Lifesaver tracking equipment to locate missing Project Lifesaver clients.

Community Partnership

Amador Community Foundation has generously established a Matching Grant Program that enables the Sheriff’s Office to provide the Project Lifesaver service and equipment to clients free of charge.
How Does Project Lifesaver Work?

Project Lifesaver’s rapid response program relies on proven radio technology.  Individuals are fitted with wristband transmitters that emit a continuous signal.  Search and Rescue and law enforcement teams utilize tracking systems that receive the missing person’s signal from a mile away to locate the subject.
Client Requirements
  • Must live in Amador County
  • Be medically diagnosed with a cognitive impairment or related diagnosis
  • Be willing to wear a wristband at all times
  • Have a history of wandering
  • Have a fulltime caregiver
Caregiver Responsibilities
  • Test transmitter battery daily
  • Check wristband condition daily
  • Notify Project Lifesaver team promptly of equipment problems
  • Call 911 immediately if client goes missing
Cost to Client
  • No Charge
Additional Information
To learn more on how to enroll an at-risk person in the Project Lifesaver Program, please send an email to: and include the information below.
Person Requesting Information:
City, State, Zip:
At Risk Person Information:
City, State, Zip:
Condition of At Risk Person:
(Include one of the conditions below)
Down’s Syndrome
Other Cognitive Disorder
History of wandering away
After receiving this information, a Sheriff’s Office representative will contact you to discuss how to become enrolled in the Project Lifesaver Program.