Alzheimer's Association Safe Return™

The Alzheimer's Association Safe Return™ program is a nationwide wanderer's safety program created by the Alzheimer's Association that assists in the safe and timely return of individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias who wander and become lost. Persons with dementia enroll in the program and receive ID bracelets, wallet cards and other identifiers. The Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return™ program provides assistance whether a person becomes lost locally or far from home, regardless of whether or not the individual is registered in the program.

How the program works

When missing, the Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return™ program staff faxes and E-mails the registrant's information and photo to local law enforcement and when necessary the media. When found, a citizen or law official calls the 800 number and Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return™ notifies listed contacts. The local Alzheimer's Association chapter provides support.

Registration for the program

There is a registration fee of $40. Registration can be done in the following ways:

By mail: Please complete a registration form. You can get the form at the Chapter office, your nearest police precinct, print one out, or send for one via e-mail Elizabeth Santiago. Please mail your completed registration form with your payment and a photo of the registrant to the the Chapter office (indicated on the form).

To register by phone: call Elizabeth Santiago, Manager, Safe Return, at 212-983-6906 ext. 205, or toll free at 800-272-3900 with registration and credit card information. For TDD service call 1-888-500-5759.

Online Registration

Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return™ Identification & Jewelry Styles

With the $40 registration fee, you receive the following products:

An engraved identification bracelet or necklace, iron-on clothing labels, key chain, lapel pin, refrigerator magnet, stickers, wallet cards and a Caregiver checklist.

For an additional $5, you may receive caregiver jewelry. In an emergency, it alerts others that you provide care for a person registered in the Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return™ program.