A pilot project launched in January that is designed for people with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia was responsible for finding a missing man over the weekend.
On August 12 at 10:58 a.m., police respond to a report of a man with Alzheimer’s disease who had been missing for approximately two hours. The man is a participant in Project S.O.F.T (Satellite Option Finding Technology) Ware, an initiative that has outfitted ten people who have Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia and a history of wandering with a watch-like GPS device. In this case, the device was used to track the man and officers were able to locate him eleven minutes after receiving the call.
The program is available to residents of Halifax, Dartmouth and Bedford (communities patrolled by Halifax Regional Police). The pilot phase is scheduled to run for 12 months and there is no cost for participants during that period. Anyone interested in learning more or to inquire about requesting a device can contact 490-2554.