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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