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Safety Issues

Alzheimer's disease causes a number of changes in the brain and body that may affect safety. Depending on the stage of the disease, these can include changes in judgment, sense of time and place, behavior, physical ability, and the senses.

The National Alzheimer’s Association offers a number of helpful resources through their Safety Center.

Driving demands quick reaction time and fast decision making — because of this, a person with Alzheimer's will eventually become unable to drive. For people in the early stages of Alzheimer's, it is never too soon to plan ahead for transportation when driving is no longer an option.

To learn about ways to approach the topic of driving CLICK HERE>>

First Responders play an important role in the lives of people with Alzheimer's and their families. We recognize the necessity to have information at your fingertips that can help guide you through difficult situations with people with dementia and to keep all involved as safe as possible.

To find education tips, resources, and trainings for first responders to use on the job or recommend to families in the community CLICK HERE>>

Safety Programs

MedicAlert® + Alzheimer's Association Safe Return® is a 24-hour nationwide emergency response service for individuals with Alzheimer's or a related dementia who wander or have a medical emergency. We provide 24-hour assistance, no matter when or where the person is reported missing. MedicAlert + Safe Return provide a purchased ID bracelet or pendant to be worn by the individual with dementia. If a citizen or emergency personnel finds the person with dementia, they  can call the toll-free number listed on person's MedicAlert + Safe Return ID jewelry. MedicAlert + Safe Return will notify the listed contacts, making sure the person is returned home. You can register by mail, phone, fax, or online.

To get started CLICK HERE>>

Comfort Zone
is a Web application that includes a location-based mapping service, or LBS . This term refers to a wide range of services that provide information about a person's (or object's) location. If you've ever used a GPS device in your car for turn-by-turn driving directions or tracked a package online, you've used LBS. A person with Alzheimer's wears or carries a locator device (such as a pager or wrist-worn device) or mounts one in his or her car. Family members can access information about the person's location by using the Internet or calling the monitoring center.

To purchase Comfort Zone CLICK HERE>>

Take Me Home is intended to serve people with developmental disabilities and/or medical conditions that increase their risk of wandering off and becoming lost. Additionally, members of this group may not be able to identify themselves or provide accurate information to first responders about their immediate needs. This program is hosted by the San Diego Sheriff Department. Take Me Home Flyer>>

To register for this program please submit the completed application with a photo by postal mail to Alzheimer's Association, ATTN: Take Me Home 6632 Convoy Court San Diego, CA 92111 or by email to kanderson@alz.org. A fully completed application and photo are required for submission.

To download the application CLICK HERE>>


Alzheimer's Association

Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.