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Albany Police Department Awarded Grant

Post Date:04/30/2018 11:00 AM

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) announced that it had awarded grant funding to the City of Albany Police Department in Albany, Georgia for its Project Lifesaver program.                                                                                                                

The Project Lifesaver program utilizes technology and training to help combat wandering, a common and dangerous behavior among individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.  In the event that someone with Alzheimer’s goes missing, the technology and training greatly enhance the Department’s ability to quickly locate the person and return them to safety.  The $5,000 grant awarded by AFA will be used to help the department expand the program and serve more families.

“The City of Albany Police Department plays a vital role in protecting the community, including individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias,” said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., president, and CEO of AFA. “The Project Lifesaver program has been a remarkable resource that has provided families some peace of mind in the knowledge that there is a service to help locate and protect their loved ones.  AFA is pleased to support the expansion of this project and help make a difference for the families living with Alzheimer’s.”


“We are excited to share this opportunity with the community. This funding will help the City of Albany bring further awareness to advance the understanding of cognitive diseases and how they impact families.  The grant will provide the financial support to the Albany Police Department’s Project Lifesaver Program. The funding will be used to purchase the latest PLS technology to help reduce the search time to locate individuals who wander away from their loved ones,” said Albany Police Department Chief Michael Persley.

The funding was awarded through AFA’s Bi-annual Grant Program, which provides grants to non-profit AFA member organizations for programs and services that help further AFA’s mission of delivering optimal care and services to individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses, and to their families and caregivers.

AFA is able to provide this critical support as a result of the generosity of individual contributions, grants, sponsorships and AFA development activities. To help support these initiatives, visit

For more information, please contact Phyllis Whitley-Banks, Public Information Officer at 229.733.0031.

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