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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Testers Needed

The Alzheimer's Foundation is seeking families caring for loved ones with Alzheimer's or related dementias who would be interested in testing a new locator device at no charge.

Dear Friend,

As you well know, wandering is an enormous concern for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, and their families-and we are committed to finding solutions to this problem.

We're excited to let you know that the Alzheimer's Foundation of America is teaming up with Breadcrumb, a technology company, with the intent of marketing a new, innovative locator device specifically designed for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias who may wander. To move this forward, we are currently seeking individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses, and their family caregivers to participate in a free, 30-day pilot project.

We ask that you help us locate interested participants by spreading the word about this important project. As a thank you, participants will be able to continue to use the locator device for one year at no cost (a value of approximately $600+).

Breadcrumb is a small wristband-type device strapped to the individual, and uses a cellular system to identify the location of a participant who wanders out of doors and to display the person's route and real time location on a map or Smartphone. The device regularly reports the person's location to the Breadcrumb call center around the clock, and pre-identified caregivers are notified via text message and/or phone call when the person leaves a designated geographic field.

We will provide participants with the system and operating instructions, and ask that they use the system for 30 days and fill out pre-, mid- and post-surveys, as well as data for the call center.

Specifically, we are seeking a diverse group of participants: residing at home in urban/rural areas from coast to coast, various ethnic backgrounds, various ages, male/female, various stages of the disease, etc.

Please help us spread the word, and ask your clients who are interested and/or want more information to please contact Christine Valentin, an AFA social worker and project coordinator, at 866.232.8484 or We would appreciate your prompt attention.

Thanks so much,
Carol Steinberg
Executive Vice President
Alzheimer's Foundation of America

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