Shortly after I became an LA County Supervisor, I heard the terrifying and tragic story of Nancy Paulikas, a Manhattan Beach resident who wandered away from her loved ones during an outing to LACMA on October 15, 2016. Nancy, a former engineer and outdoor enthusiast, suffered from early-onset Alzheimer's. She never made it home.
After visiting Kirk and hearing Nancy's tragic story, I knew I had to do something to protect the growing number of residents with Alzheimer's, autism, and dementia, and provide support to their caretakers.
In September, I stood with Kirk, Sheriff Jim McDonnell, and WDACS Department Head Cynthia Banks to announce the launch of LA Found-- a groundbreaking countywide initiative which aims to quickly locate individuals with autism, dementia, or Alzheimer's disease when they wander and go missing.
LA Found features a system of trackable bracelets that can be located using receivers mounted to L.A. Sheriff’s Department helicopters. This technology allows law enforcement to find vulnerable residents before tragedy strikes. To learn how to qualify for a bracelet, caregivers can visit LAFound.com