Organizers of Upper Arlington's Project Lifesaver are asking for some more community help to keep the program up and running.

Organizers of Upper Arlington's Project Lifesaver are asking for some more community help to keep the program up and running.

For the second year in a row, Arlington Court Nursing Home will host a Project Lifesaver fundraiser on its grounds. The Buckeye Tailgate is scheduled for the early evening of Aug. 5, said Upper Arlington Senior Center administrator Sally Gard.

"The Project Lifesaver program has been around for about three years, and we host a fundraiser each year to bring in more money for the supplies we need, which are given out for free," Gard said.

Project Lifesaver is a service offered to Upper Arlington residents who are at risk of wandering away from their homes and becoming lost or disoriented.

"This can be anything having to do with older dementia patients, or children with autism - anyone with a tendency to wander is given a wristwatch with a radio frequency signal," Gard said. "If they become lost or their caregivers don't know where they are, the police department can use the signal to find that person in under 20 minutes.

"The program saves a lot of money in terms of emergencies," she said. "This is one of the two times of the year that it's even more important, when it's extremely hot or extremely cold out - the people who have the wristbands might not be dressed properly to deal with this kind of weather."

Gard said that while the wristbands last for a long time, Upper Arlington Commission on Aging members regularly make home visits to those who use the service, replacing batteries and generally checking in with the families to see how things are going.

"This provides a nice relationship with the community and the police department, and then they can find out if the family needs help with anything else," Gard said. "That's a very important part of the project."

Several community groups, including Northwest Kiwanis, the Upper Arlington Community Foundation, the Hazelbaker Foundation, the Senior Advisory Council, Upper Arlington Rotary, Tri-Village Sertoma Club and Abbington of Arlington managed to raise about $18,000 for the service three years ago, Gard said, but the annual fundraiser allows for new residents to have their own wristband and keeps support staff available.

This year's Buckeye Tailgate will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at the Arlington Court Nursing Home, 1605 NW Professional Plaza. Gard said the evening will include games, many Buckeye-themed raffle prizes and a silent auction.

Local band Mister Lucky will perform during the fundraiser, and there will be several food offerings available; patrons can also buy tickets for beer or wine.

Tickets for the fundraiser are $35 per person, and can be purchased at the Upper Arlington Senior Center, 1945 Ridgeview Road, or by calling 614-583-5320.