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CaringKind and MedicAlert Foundation Align to Form MedicAlert NYC Wanderer’s Safety Program

Collaboration will offer 24-hour emergency response network for wanderers and missing persons with Alzheimer’s and dementia

(August 2, 2016, New York, NY) MedicAlert Foundation, the international nonprofit that pioneered the medical identification jewelry industry, announced today that it will continue providing 24-hour services to protect New York City residents with Alzheimer’s or related dementia who wander thanks to a renewed partnership with CaringKind. CaringKind, formerly known as the Alzheimer's Association, New York City Chapter, has been New York City’s leading expert organization in Alzheimer’s and dementia care for more than 30 years.

The MedicAlert NYC Wanderer’s Safety Program works with the New York City Police Department and other key community partners to locate missing dementia patients who wander. It has had a 98% success rate in finding missing patients and quickly reuniting them with family.

Wandering affects up to 67% of those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia and can place the wanderer in extremely dangerous, and even life-threatening, situations.

During a wandering/missing person incident, the MedicAlert NYC Wanderer’s Safety Program 24-hour Emergency Response Service creates a tight-knit network among MedicAlert Foundation, CaringKind, the NYPD and family members. This network facilitates communication and search activities. Missing person announcements, photos, identifying details, and other important information are sent to the media, local hospitals, The Port Authority, shelters and elsewhere.

When a wanderer is found, law enforcement can utilize the information found on the patient’s corresponding medical ID bracelet to call MedicAlert’s emergency response line and access critical information in the wanderer’s Personal Heath Record. The MedicAlert NYC Wanderer’s Safety Program ensures the best possible outcome, whether that be medical assistance or evaluation for the wanderer, or a simple reunion home with family.

David Leslie, MedicAlert Foundation’s President and CEO, said, “Our partnership with CaringKind draws on our collective resources to create a comprehensive community support network and ensure the best possible outcome for wanders, their families, and caregivers.” The MedicAlert NYC Wanderer’s Safety Program is part of MedicAlert’s Found initiative which is an effort to bring wandering care and services to a greater number of people. This fall, MedicAlert will be announcing a Found initiative program for the autism community as well.

CaringKind President and CEO, Lou-Ellen Barkan, added, "The partnership between MedicAlert Foundation, CaringKind and the NYPD is rooted firmly in a strong, shared commitment to protecting New York City’s Alzheimer’s and dementia community."

For information about the MedicAlert NYC Wanderer’s Safety Program go to

About MedicAlert: MedicAlert Foundation pioneered the first emergency medical information and identification service in 1956 to provide people with a simple but effective method for communicating their medical conditions. Since the organization’s founding, the Foundation has provided services and products that help to protect and save lives for its 4 million members worldwide. For 60 years, the nonprofit has relayed vital medical information on behalf of its members to emergency responders so they receive faster and safer treatment. MedicAlert jewelry alerts emergency personnel to a member’s primary health conditions. In addition to its 24-hour emergency response service, MedicAlert Foundation also provides family and caregiver notification so that members can be reunited with their families.

About CaringKind: CaringKind is New York City’s leading expert on Alzheimer’s and dementia caregiving. With over 30 years of experience, we work directly with our community partners to develop the information, tools and training to support individuals and families affected by dementia. We offer a 24-hour Helpline run by professional staff, individual and family counseling sessions with licensed social workers; a vast network of support groups; education seminars and training programs; early stage services and a wanderer’s safety program. We believe in the power of caregiving and seek a world where everyone dealing with dementia has the support they need, when they need it.

CaringKind is formerly known as the Alzheimer’s Association, NYC Chapter.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016