MedicAlert registration for Alzheimer’s, autism to be offered in Queen Creek

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office District 6 – Queen Creek is partnering with MedicAlert and Mercy Maricopa to help raise awareness of Alzheimer’s and autism by offering free medical bracelets to individuals with those  conditions.

The offer coincides with November being National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness month, according to a press release.

The MedicAlert bracelet helps increase the likelihood that law enforcement will be able to successfully reunite individuals with family members in the event they go missing.

A free registration event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Queen Creek Branch Library, Zane Grey Room, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road.

MedicAlert will be conducting on-site registrations. Resources and workshops will also be available at the event.

“It is not uncommon for our deputies to encounter individuals with Alzheimer’s or autism in the community, and they are often unable to articulate how to get home or how to reach a family member,” stated MCSO District 6 – Queen Creek Captain Dave Munley in a press release. “The MedicAlert bracelet provides a starting point for reunification, which is our ultimate goal.”

For individuals unable to attend the free registration event, registration forms will be available online at QueenCreek.org/MedicAlert.

For specific questions regarding the MedicAlert program, contact Jillian MeGee, jmegee@medicalert.org. For questions regarding the MCSO District 6 – Queen Creek partnership with MedicAlert and Maricopa Mercy, contact Sgt. Ryan McBride, R_McBride@mcso.maricopa.gov.

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed the proclamation to designate November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness month. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, at that time, less than 2 million Americans were diagnosed with the disease. Today, more than more million people are affected. For more information and for resources, visit ALZ.org.

MCSO District 6 – Queen Creek is at 22308 S. Ellsworth Road. In an emergency, call 9-1-1. To reach MCSO’s non-emergency number, call 602-876-1011.

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