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How far will you go to protect your loved ones?

"My husband does not have Alzheimer's disease," Boshart said.

When it comes to Lewy Body, no medications slow down the progression of the disease, and in some cases cause the patient to act out in anger toward their loved ones, as Boshart found with her husband. No matter the case, it's tiring for caregivers to keep a constant eye out to make sure the person in their care is not wandering or getting into harm's way.

"You literally run on exhaustion," Boshart said. "You learn to live this way."

Then she found out about Project Lifesaver and that Oneida County had the program and said she called them and asked what she had to do to get a unit. She would beg, borrow or steal one of the bracelets to keep her husband safe.

Darby came into her life and together they began working on bringing the program home.

Now Ron lives at Van Duyn, he is wheelchair bound and can barely speak, but he has his eyes. Every day Boshart goes to have lunch with him.

"This program brings you a peace of mind. My husband still wears his bracelet with pride," Boshart said.

Currently there are 43 people in Onondaga County registered with the program, 17 of whom are children with autism and down syndrome. The program was started with the help of Sen. John DeFrancisco, who secured a $25,000 member item for Project Lifesaver. The funding allowed the sheriff's department to purchase 30 transmitters.

Ron Boshart received the first transmitter.

Darby, whose mother and father both died from Alzheimer's, said trained officers visit families who have transmitters once a month to change the batteries in the units. The transmitters are waterproof so people wearing them can shower and swim with them on.

Transmitters cost $300 each, and there is a $10 battery fee every month. Darby said there is a project account set up to help those who cannot afford the unit, and they will pay for the transmitter. The account is also set up in order to receive donations from the community.

"We look at this as just another layer of protection for your loved one," Boshart said.

For more information on Project Lifesaver International, contact the Onondaga County Sheriff's Department at 435-3044, or log onto sheriffwalsh.com, ongov.net/sheriff or projectlifesaver.org. If you're in the area, interested people may also stop at sheriff's department headquarters at 407 S. State St., Syracuse.

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