Foundation of America

Project Lifesaver International

Chief Gene Saunders, CEO and founder of Project Lifesaver, during a recent training.

Project Lifesaver International (PLI) has been a member of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) since 2004. PLI’s program is designed to help locate and safely return home individuals with Alzheimer’s, dementia or other cognitive disorders that may cause them to wander. The program uses a combination of radio technology-via a custom-fit transmitter worn on the wrist or ankle-and specially-trained search and rescue teams to accomplish its mission of “bringing loved ones home.”

Through the years, AFA and PLI have worked together on several research projects and advocated for Alzheimer’s funding. AFA has awarded grants to local PLI agencies and this past May donated $12,500 to PLI to expand its services throughout New York, via PLI’s new collaboration with the New York State Department of Criminal Justice’s Office of Public Safety.

Next month, Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA’s president and CEO and Josie DiChiara, AFA’s senior vice president, external relations, will attend the 12th Annual Project Lifesaver Conference to educate PLI members about the Foundation and its national memory screening initiative, as well as to discuss the ongoing relationship between AFA and PLI.

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