I'm writing in regard to a recent article highlighting the issue of wandering with neurological disease (“Terra Incognita,” November/December 2009). This is an important article for patients and caregivers coping with Alzheimer's. As a neurologist in practice, I deal with this issue with patients and caregivers. In Athens, our town's emergency services (911/EMS/police) and others have partnered with Project Lifesaver (projectlifesaver.org ; 877-580-5433) to help deal with the problem of wandering. The Project Lifesaver bracelet is maintained by our local Pilot Club, and the equipment is with the first responders. In fact, my daughter (who suffers from autism and is also at high wandering risk) utilizes this service, and it is an added peace of mind for our family.
—Jon S. Poling, M.D., Ph.D.