Project Lifesaver International & McGruff Safe Kids Form Partnership on Development of New Wandering Guide!


A New Tool To Help Address Wandering Through A Layered Approach

(Port Saint Lucie, FL, May 23, 2016) Project Lifesaver International is happy announce a partnership with McGruff Safe Kids on a new safety initiative with the development of a wandering guide geared towards individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

“We’re excited to be partnering with McGruff Safe Kids by co-branding a wandering guide for Alzheimer’s and dementia, which can be part of the enrollment process for new and existing clients to serve as an additional layer of protection for preventive measures to take for elopement behavior,” said CEO/Founder, Gene Saunders of Project Lifesaver International.


Now, the successful creator of a national classic — the “McGruff Safe Kids ID Kit” – and Project Lifesaver International is introducing “A Caregiver’s Guide to Wandering,” an inexpensive and comprehensive handbook or mobile app that provides caregivers with important background information, safety tips and an exclusive personal ID kit for sharing a current photograph, personal profile, fingerprint and DNA with law enforcement officials should a loved one wander and get lost.

“A Caregiver’s Guide to Wandering – a family and community dementia program” is a powerful tool to help a person with a cognitive disorder to stay home longer, more comfortably, more securely and more affordably.   Through our partnership with Project Lifesaver International we will be able to help caregivers of persons with dementia, autism and other cognitive disorders understand the threat of wandering, prepare for the possibility and have an action plan that dovetails with other programming provided by Project Lifesaver International,” said Kurt Boerner, President of McGruff Safe Kids.

The guide will be available to caregivers, Project Lifesaver members, and the general public on McGruff Safe Kids store at Project Lifesaver members have the option to personalize the guide for their agency program and can do so by contacting McGruff Safe Kids, Kurt Boerner at

About McGruff Safe Kids Plan:

McGruff Safe Kids and Plan, Prepare, Share are subsidiaries of Boerner Inc., an officially licensed company of the National Crime Prevention Council. McGruff Safe Kids develops safety and crime prevention products sold to parents, police departments, sheriffs’ offices, businesses, military installations and educators to promote safety in communities across America.

About Project Lifesaver:

Project Lifesaver is a 501 (C) (3) community based, public safety, non-profit organization that provides law enforcement, fire/rescue, other first responders and caregivers with equipment and training to quickly locate and rescue individuals with cognitive disorders who are prone to the life threatening behavior of wandering, including those with Alzheimer’s disease, Autism, and Down syndrome. To date Project Lifesaver agencies have conducted over 3,100 successful rescues. Most who wander are found within a few miles from home, and search times have been reduced from hours and days to minutes. Recovery times for Project Lifesaver clients average 30 minutes — 95% less time than standard operations. Nationwide there are over 1,400 Project Lifesaver agencies throughout 48 states, six provinces in Canada, and Australia.

Project Lifesaver is also a subject matter expert and adviser on the wandering issue for:

  • Leaders Engaged on Alzheimer’s disease (LEAD)
  • National Center for Missing & Exploited Children,
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
  • Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
  • National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA)
  • National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners
  • International Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners

For more information or to learn more about Project Lifesaver visit: or contact:

Joseph Salenetri

Assistant Chief, Special Operations

Project Lifesaver International