Crime

Police find missing elderly man who had Alzheimer’s, dementia

He was discovered in Riverside Park.

A 76-year-old man with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia was found by police after he went missing on Monday.

Guelph Police were notified on Monday afternoon that the elderly man was missing from his residence in the northeast end and rushed to the area only to find him safe and unharmed in Riverside Park five minutes after the initial alert.

The senior utilizes the Project Lifesaver service, a battery-operated bracelet that sends an FM radio signal 24 hours a day. But police found him before they had the chance to use the equipment, according to a release Tuesday morning.

How does Project Lifesaver work?

Project Lifesaver Guelph Wellington assists caregivers and responds to the challenges of keeping loved ones safe when they wander due to Alzheimer’s, Autism, Dementia or other forms of cognitive impairment.

Participants wear a battery-operated bracelet that sends an FM radio signal 24 hours a day. It even works in areas such as buildings and forests.

Volunteers from Victim Services Wellington visit each client once a month to change the battery.

When a caregiver tells their local police service that a client has gone missing, trained police officers will use Project Lifesaver equipment to search for and locate the missing person.

  • Time it takes to find missing people with Project Lifesaver average 30 minutes — 95% less time than without.
  • Project Lifesaver has a 100% find rate.

Project Lifesaver does not replace the position of a caregiver, but it is a tool that can save lives and reduce stress felt by family members.

There is a startup fee to join the program as well as a monthly cost to maintain the equipment.

Those interested in joining the program can contact Victim Services Wellington.