Protecting Those Who Wander

Residents having medical conditions that may cause them to wander have additional help thanks to Colorado LifeTrak, a rapid-response program in which the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is participating. The project is a partnership between law enforcement and the families of those suffering from Alzheimer's disease and related disorders and conditions, such as Down syndrome and autism.

What the Program Offers

  • A dependable radio technology that provides tracking through a wristband worn by the participant
  • Rescue teams from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
  • Reduced search times, from hours and days... to minutes
  • A proven lifesaving system that is reliable, responsive, practical and affordable

How Colorado LifeTrak Works

A family member or caregiver of an Alzheimer's or autistic patient contacts the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office to enroll in Colorado LifeTrak.

  • Participants wear a personalized wristband that emits a tracking signal 24 hours a day, seven days a week, over several miles.
  • Caregivers notify the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office when a participant is missing.
  • A search and rescue team responds to the call and uses a mobile locator tracking system to find the participant.

Why is Colorado LifeTrak Important?

  • Approximately 4.5 million Americans have Alzheimer's and related disorders - 60,000 of which live in Colorado.
  • Of these, nearly 60 percent will wander during the course of their disease.
  • Many wander at night, when usual search options are difficult. They can also become paranoid and actually hide to avoid rescue.
  • This technology can locate any wanderer during the day or night, in any weather - even if he or she is not cooperating in his or her own rescue effort.

How to Enroll in Colorado LifeTrak

To enroll your loved one in Colorado LifeTrak, please call the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office critical incident response manager at 303-271-5806.