Letters to the Editor

Alzheimer Society offers support

Recently, a state trooper in Lynden made the local news by assisting and then following an elderly woman on a motorized scooter to make sure she found her way home after she became confused. At the Alzheimer Society we are so glad to hear stories like these with happy endings.

It is common for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia to wander without knowing how to get back home. With the goal of more happy endings, like the one in Lynden, we are partnered with the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Project Lifesaver program, using equipment provided by the Harborview Lions. Bracelets containing a radio-tracking device can be used to locate a person in case of emergency. If your loved one would benefit from a bracelet, the Alzheimer Society can help you fill out the paperwork, fit the bracelet, and change batteries as needed. If your loved one wanders, they can be located by the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team, using the radio-tracking device.

In addition to Project Lifesaver bracelets, the Alzheimer Society offers support groups for those experiencing memory loss and their caregivers, as well as memory screenings. For more information, contact the Alzheimer Society at 360-671-3316, or visit our website at alzsociety.org.

Kathy Sitker