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GPS Shoes: Tracking Parents With Alzheimer's Disease

You can track your car, your keys, and your eyeglasses with a GPS device on your key chain.  A criminal can be tracked via his cell phone, a dog via his collar, and a girlfriend via her bra... why don't we track Alzheimer's patients, 50 percent of whom wander away from their familiar surroundings on a regular basis?

It isn't so easy to track people with dementia, with or without GPS, because Alzheimer's patients tend to reject -- throw away or remove -- items that are unfamiliar to them.

 

 

But  a designer of orthopedic footwear and a GPS tracking manufacturer have just announced an agreement to develop GPS-embedded orthopedic footwear for seniors with dementia.  Aetrex® and GTX™ corporations formed their partnership to enable loved ones and caretakers to know where the Alzheimer's patient is at all times, with almost-certainty that his or her shoes will not be removed.

The new Aetrex footwear will be tested later this year.  The GPS shoes will enable caretakers and family members to know instantly where their loved ones are via computer and/or phone.  It will also be possible to program an alert by phone when shoe-wearer leaves a particular established boundary.

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via Technovelgy.com

Keeping you posted...

Comments
Jun 8, 2009
by Anonymous

though

what stops them from removing their shoes?

Jun 8, 2009
by Boomer Babe

Familiarity

Items that are familiar to dementia patients are not likely to be shed or discarded.  If the person wears comfortable shoes, orthopedic shoes or sneakers, for example... these are items that are familiar to them.  They are accustomed to walking in shoes, where they may not be accustomed to holding or wearing other items that might contain a GPS locator.  The locator is also much easier to hide in a shoe than other items worn by the patient.

Jun 8, 2009
by Anonymous

Expand this other Apps

One can use this in other clothing worn by said patient with dementia etc.
IE
eyeglasses
caps, hats
jacket
shirts over
sweatpants
dress shoes

all can house micro GPS chip for tracking for kids & or EMT alone.

Couple to any medications req for hour X, then If not taken Alarm sounds?

Track by Celphone GPS, car GPS alone.

Problem:
Invasion of Privacy laws, otherwise doable.

ALL demential or worse patients need this IF active nationwide.

Problem 2: mentioned already discard clothing.

OR implant chip in body during medical visit?

Jun 8, 2009
by Anonymous

Wow! Good For Aetrex

That is excellent news for elderly. My wife's grandmother has this ailment, we will definitely be researching this product. I just hope that the shoe is not like your typical bulky Aetrex crappy shoes. I do not understand why they place two insoles in the shoe and market it as an innovation "with removable insole...". Poppycock! Whoever is the head of marketing in that company should be placed in the corner and put a dunce cap on.

Jun 8, 2009
by Anonymous

that

is still a possibillity that they remove things. All people do even when they are walking.

Jun 11, 2009
by Anonymous

Fabulous idea. Hope it gets

Fabulous idea. Hope it gets off the ground soon.