Funeral held for missing Alzheimer's patient
A funeral was held today for the Irvington woman with Alzheimer's disease who was missing for more than a month.
Family and friends turned out at the Church of the Immaculate Conception to say a final goodbye to Betty Ianerelli. The 84-year-old's body was found in a wooded area on an estate near Matheson Park, more than a month after she wandered away from the South Broadway home she shared with her daughter.
Meanwhile, those who specialize in care for Alzheimer's patients and their families say technology could have helped prevent Ianerelli's death. Daniel Reingold, CEO of The Hebrew Home at Riverdale, says a program called "Project Lifesaver" uses a satellite tracking bracelet to quickly find patients who have wandered away.
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