Sargent Chris Fincher and Sargent William Wacker, from the Floyd County Police Department are both Rome natives with a combined 28 years in law enforcement. While they both have experience in many roles within the department, today they are both highly involved with Project Lifesaver. Project Lifesaver is a tracking system that people with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and autism can wear that will help them be located if they wander away from their everyday surroundings.
The device can be worn on the wrist or ankle and transmits a specific radio frequency that can be detected by a locator operated by the Floyd County Police Department. The Police Department has an omnidirectional antenna that attaches to an automobile that can pick up the beacon within a 5 mile radius. They also have two handheld devices, called PLI’s, with a range of 2 miles, so they can focus in on the missing person. People who have been reported missing while wearing the Project Lifesaver device are usually found within 30 minutes. Each handheld locator can find 999 frequencies so they can service almost 2000 residents of Floyd County.
People with dementia are very mission oriented and will work hard to reach their goals. If someone is searching or calling to them, they may hide from rescuers. Most of the time, the only thing that can stop someone who has begun to wander are natural barriers (vines, stream, water) or a health issue.
Families interested in getting more information about Project Lifesaver can get more information by calling the Floyd County Police Department at (706) 235-7766 or they can fill out an application found here.
It is recommended that all families with a loved one who wander complete the application even if they don’t buy the wearable device. The information gathered is stored in the Department’s database and can save precious time when a missing person is reported.
Citizens can also request a C.I.T. (Certified Crisis Intervention) Officer if they need to report an incident involving someone with diminished capacity. These officers have an additional 40+ hours of training for situations involving mental illness.
The cost of $375.00 for the system includes the tracking device, multiple bands made of vinyl or leather (there is also an option of vinyl with a metal wire inside to protect from tampering), a year’s supply of batteries, and a battery tester. When you receive your device a designated officer will give the families a tutorial on proper use.
For more information please contact: Sargent Chris Fincher (706) 235-7766 5 Government Plaza #200 Rome, GA 30161 Floyd County Police Department
Project Lifesaver is also available through: The Area Agency on Aging of NWGA 3 Jackson Hill Dr. Rome, GA 30161 (706) 802-5506
60% of people diagnosed with alzheimer’s will wander 50% of all people with autism will wander 100% success rate with project lifesaver
Would you like to know more about what it is like living with dementia? Click here to learn about the Virtual Dementia Tour: Second Wind
More resources about dementia and Project Lifesaver Project Lifesaver 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Alzheimer’s Association Georgia Chapter Facebook Page
I first met Mrs. Kiawanna Johnson, the Recreational Director of Etowah Landing Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, back in January of 2019. Her friendly and outgoing personality is infectious. As she puts it, it’s her job to make people smile. So, everyday, she works hard to make the residents of Etowah Landing laugh, smile, and enjoy life.
Kiwanna joined Etowah Landing in 2014 after becoming a Certified Activity Director. It’s her job to plan activities and entertainment for the residents and staff.
Not only do the activities at Etowah Landing provide their residents with entertainment they also have many health benefits such as exercise, intellectual stimulation, and socialization.
The residents of Etowah Landing enjoy activities daily. Some of the activities include:
Kiawanna also keeps Etowah Landing connected to the community with partnerships and events for community members. From Birthday Clubs and Churches that provide birthday and Christmas presents for the residents to Easter Egg Hunts and Halloween Haunted Houses for local children to enjoy, there is always something on the agenda.
In addition to planning activities and events, Kiawanna is also Mental Health Aid Certified. With this certification she is able to help diffuse crisis situations within the facility to help keep the residents and staff safe.
Etowah Landing was very proud to pass their Annual Survey Deficiency-Free. Long term care facilities are inspected annually to make sure they are adhering to regulation standards. With a score of an A+, Deficiency Free shows that all services provided at the facility meet or exceed all state and federal standards. The amazing team at Etowah Landing work hard to improve the quality of life of their residents and are looking forward to great things in the future!
For more information about Etowah Landing Care and Rehabilitation Centers Contact:
809 S. Broad St.
Rome, GA 30161
The citizens of Rome, Georgia are about to get a great addition to the beautiful Berry College Campus. The Spires at Berry College is a Continuing Care Retirement Community that is currently being built on 48 acres of the campus overlooking Eagle Lake.
Jill Trapp, a Retirement Counselor with The Spires with a background in healthcare marketing, sat down with me to talk about this new project and the impact it will have on Rome and Floyd County. Set to open June of 2020, they are at 80% capacity with only 35 units available at the time of this recording.
Originally proposed as an addition to Berry College’s student work programs, The Spires will be a full service retirement community as well as a valuable resource for students to get hands on experience.
Living Units Available
What are some of the benefits of living at The Spires at Berry College?
For more information on The Spires at Berry College contact:
The Spires At Berry Information Center
113 Broad St. Rome, GA 30161
On the corner of 2nd Ave. and Broad St.
Hours: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
On today’s show I talked with Lindsay Greenwald, a Forensic Specialist with the Department of Human Services, Division on Aging. We discussed At Risk Adult Crime. Statistics show that 1 in 10 vulnerable adults are victims but only 1 in 23 report abuse. Just a warning for our listeners, some of the discussion of this topic may not be suitable for sensitive audiences.
Lindsay Greenwald has a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in Social Work with a focus on working with adults with developmental disabilities. She works with the Forensic Special Initiative Unit who work in Georgia to provide training, conduct monthly At Risk Adult Crime Tactics Training, and act as a liaison between law enforcement and social services.
What is an At Risk Adult?
What Laws help protect At Risk Adults?
What are the Typical Types of Abuse?
What do I do if I feel someone is being abused, neglected, or exploited?
Georgia Abuse Neglect or Exploitation (GANE) App – Available for Apple or Android Users
For more information contact:
Department of Human Services, Division on Aging
Two Peachtree Street, NW, 33rd Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303-3142
404-657-5258 / Toll-Free: 866-552-4464
We are very excited to celebrate the 2019 Floyd County Relay for Life event this Friday, May 17th at Ridge Ferry Park in Rome, Georgia. I sat down with Stephanie Nichols, the Office Manager of Maximum One Community Realty, to talk about her work as a volunteer for Relay for Life. Stephanie is part of the Planning Committee and has participated in this fundraiser for the American Cancer Society for over 10 year.
Founded in 1913, the American Cancer Society is a voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer. You can find out more about them here:
Relay for Life is the largest fundraising event for the American Cancer Society and each year, more than 5,000 Relay for Life events take place in over twenty countries. With the funds raised in the communities resources are provided, such as:
This Year’s Event:
May 17, 2019
Ridge Ferry Park
Survivor Dinner Times:
4:45 pm and 6:30 pm
Luminaria Ceremony: 10:00 pm
If you would like to register for the Survivor Dinner, sign up a team, or find out more information about the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life you can contact Haley Campbell at:
The American Cancer Society
I was so pleased to sit down with Mary Wannall, the Head Personal Trainer and Crosstraining Director of Real Life Fitness in Cartersville, Georgia. Mary has always been an advocate for health and fitness and while attending the University of Georgia she began working with group fitness and training. After graduating with a degree in Health and Physical Education she began working in the fitness industry teaching classes. It didn’t take long after moving into management that she decided to create Real Life Fitness Gym.
What is Silver Sneakers and Silver and Fit?
Silver Sneakers and Silver and Fit are programs designed for seniors to help keep them physically active and mobile. The classes are covered by most supplemental insurance policies and can be covered if you are Medicare eligable.
Some of the benefits in participating in a Senior Fitness Program can be:
When starting a new physical fitness routine always remember:
To learn more about the Silver Sneakers or Silver and fit programs visit the websites below:
For more information about the Real Life Fitness Team in Cartersville contact:
Phone Number: 404-940-8085
Physical Address: 650 Henderson Dr. #303, Cartersville, GA 30120
We were very excited to sit down with Jace Thompson and Tim Ray from theTransamerica Agency Network. Tim Ray has been with Transamerica for 24 years and is now a Managing Director with the company. Jace Thompson is new to the field, but very excited to be able to provide their products and services as our local representative covering Georgia and Tennessee. At Transamerica, they believe that down home personal service and a dedication to client advocacy are what set them apart from the rest of the insurance industry.
What is Transamerica?
With a history that dates back to 1928, the Transamerica Corporation is an American holding company for various life insurance companies offering life and supplemental health insurance, investments, and retirement services.
Some of the services and products Transamerica provides are:
For more information about Transamerica you can contact Jace Thompson at: