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Project Lifesaver
Protects Wandering Patients, Gives Peace of Mind
to Caregivers, Families and Communities
Call 828-465-8299 or 828-465-5241

Lt John Helton
Lt John Helton
Phone: (828) 465-8336

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100 Government Drive
Newton, NC 28658

Mailing Address:
Post Office Box 385
Newton, NC 28658

Office Hours:
Mon - Fri, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Project Lifesaver is an innovative rapid response program aiding victim's and families suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and related disorder such as Down syndrome and autism. By forming partnerships with local law enforcement and public safety organizations, Project Lifesaver deploys specially trained teams with the most reliable technology available to quickly locate and return wandering adults and children to their families and caregivers.

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  • How Project Lifesaver Works
    Project Lifesaver relies on proven radio technology and a specially trained search and rescue team. People who are part of the Project Lifesaver program wear a personalized wristband that emits a tracking signal. When caregivers notify the local Project Lifesaver agency that the person is missing, a search and rescue team responds to the wanderer's area and starts searching with the mobile locater tracking system. Search times have been reduced from hours and days to minutes. In over 1000 searches, there have been no reported serious injuries or deaths. Recovery times average less than 30 minutes. The Project Lifesaver bracelet is much more than a passive ID bracelet. It is a one-ounce battery-operated radio wrist transmitter emitting an automatic tracking signal every second, 24 hours a day. The signal is tracked on the ground or in the air over several miles. As each bracelet has a unique radio frequency, the Project Lifesaver search team positively locates and identifies the person who has wandered away from home or a care facility.

    • Over 2391 Rescues across the Nation
    • 100% Success Rate
    • Average time of rescue is 30 minutes
    What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

    Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive condition that damages areas of the brain involved in memory, intelligence, judgment, language, and behavior. It is the most common form of mental decline, or dementia, on older adults.

    Alzheimer’s disease is more severe than the mild memory loss that many people experience as they grow older. It affects not only memory but also behavior, personality, ability to think, and the ability to function from day to day. Close family members usually notice symptoms first, although the person affected also may realize that something is wrong.

    What causes Alzheimer's Disease?

    Scientists do not yet fully understand what causes AD. There probably is not one single cause, but several factors that affect each person differently. Age is the most important known risk factor for AD. The number of people with the disease doubles every 5 years beyond age 65. Family history is another risk factor. Scientists believe that genetics may play a role in many AD cases. For example, familial AD, a rare form of AD that usually occurs between the ages of 30 and 60, can be inherited. However, in the more common form of AD, which occurs later in life, no obvious family pattern is seen. One risk factor for this type of AD is a protein called apolipoprotein E (apoE).

    Everyone has apoE, which helps carry cholesterol in the blood. The apoE gene has three forms. One seems to protect a person from AD, and another seems to make a person more likely to develop the disease. Other genes that increase the risk of AD or that protect against AD probably remain to be discovered. Scientists still need to learn a lot more about what causes AD. In addition to genetics and apoE, they are studying education, diet, environment, and viruses to learn what role they might play in the development of this disease.
    PET Scan of Normal Brain
    PET Scan of Alzheimer's
    Disease Brain

    What are the symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease?

    Typical early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease include:
    • Memory loss
    • Inability to use judgment and make decisions
    • Confusion about what time and day it is
    • Getting lost in familiar places
    • Difficulty learning and remembering new information
    • Difficulty expressing himself or herself

    As the disease progresses, these symptoms get worse. The person may also develop strange new behaviors and withdraw from family and friends. Hallucinations, delusions, and paranoia are common; some people may become verbally or physically aggressive or abusive. Eventually the person may forget how to perform basic tasks like eating, dressing, bathing, using the toilet, or getting up from a bed or chair and walking.

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    Make a Donation
    Catawba County residents with Alzheimer’s, Autism, and other Cognitive Conditions NEED YOUR HELP!

    Your donation will go a long way!

    • $5 provides a battery & band for a transmitter to help protect someone for one (1) month
    • $60 provides a battery & band for a transmitter to help protect someone for one (1) year
    • $300 provides a battery, band & transmitter to help protect someone for one (1) year

    No donation is too small!

    You can be confident that 100% of your donation will help provide services for residents of Catawba County by aiding in the purchase of necessary supplies and equipment to maintain the local Project Lifesaver’s Program.

    To Donate

    Option 1 – (tax-deductible donation in our name)
    If you would like to help support the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Project Lifesaver Program you can make a tax-deductible donation through Project Lifesaver International (located in Chesapeake, VA) in our local program’s name. Our local program operates as a partner of Project Lifesaver International, a 501-c3 tax-exempt organization. To ensure that your donation is credited to our program please endorse your check as follows:

    Make check payable to:
    Project Lifesaver International
    815 Battlefield Blvd. South
    Chesapeake, VA 23322
    In Memo Line Write:
    Donation Catawba County Sheriff’s Office NC

    Option 2 – (donation directly to our program) Make donation directly to the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office in person or by mail.

    Make check payable to:
    Project Lifesaver International
    Be sure to write "Donation Catawba County Sheriff’s Office NC" in the memo line of your check.
    Check by mail:
    Catawba County Sheriff’s Office
    Project Lifesaver Program
    ATTN: Lt. John Helton
    100-E Government Drive
    Newton, NC 28658
    The Sheriff’s Office is located in the Catawba County Justice Center:
    100-E Government Drive
    Newton, NC 28658