Helping to Find Those Who Don’t Know They Are Lost

What do you do when the people who used to care for you can no longer care for themselves? This is one of the most difficult things to accept as we and our parents age: that the people who used to be our rock and security now need our help for basic tasks. Words like dementia and Alzheimer’s are very scary when they are being used to refer to our parents. A common and legitimate fear is that our parents or loved ones could wander off and not be able to find their way back. Oddly enough, just as GPSRead More

GPS for Dementia Sufferers: Genius or Barbaric?

Would outfitting dementia sufferers with GPS tracking devices demean and stigmatize them, equating them with criminals? Or would the practice actually prove to be a brilliant method of keeping track of specialty cases, assisting family members and police in location missing dementia sufferers? GPS tracking devices have long been utilized in law enforcement work, whether for tracing missing persons or for keeping surveillance over tagged criminals. These devices have been helpful in assisting police and investigators in keeping tabs on criminals likely to flee before trial, violate curfew, or cross location restrictions. The GPS device itself is placed within anRead More

Wandering-Prone Population Tracked With GPS Technology In U.K.

In Surrey County, loved ones and care takers of people with dementia, learning disabilities or other issues that cause wandering and confusion can rest a little easier. People with a tendency to get confused and wander off are given a pocket-sized GPS tracking device to carry with them at all times. These devices are provided for the safety of those who tend to get lost and can’t find their way back home. People with learning disabilities or diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s are especially vulnerable members of society. They usually are limited in their ability to care for themselves andRead More

GPS Tracking Protects Alzheimer’s Patients

If you have a family member with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, GPS tracking could be a lifesaver—literally. Elderly people with these conditions have a tendency to wander and become lost, creating frightening scenarios for them and for their family members. They may wander into heavy traffic, get lost in a remote area, stay out overnight in inclement weather, or encounter people who might take advantage of them. That’s why many people are turning to tracking devices to protect their loved ones and make it easier to find them if they leave home. MindMe, a new GPS tracking device being soldRead More

Dementia Sufferers Gain Independence through GPS

It may sound cute to some people who hear of pet owners purchasing GPS tracking units for their cat or canine. It may seem practical to learn of bicycle and vehicle owners attaching GPS trackers to their bikes or cars to help prevent or react effectively against theft. But it would appear now that there are some who feel that we may be taking the usage of GPS tracking too far when we place it with the elderly among us when they go out for walks.   Many who have heard of the recent development of GPS tracking devices forRead More

Alzheimer’s Patients in Korea to be Tracked With GPS Device

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Anyone with an Alzheimer’s-afflicted loved one knows how stressful the situation can be, especially worrying about them becoming lost. We’ve discussed here at RMT how GPS tracking of those with Alzheimer’s can restore some peace of mind to the families involved, and it appears Korea is following suit.   The Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare is weighing the option to implement a GPS tracking system to help locate those afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease in the event they wander and get lost. The ministry said they plan to affix the device to a belt or necklace with the goal ofRead More

The GPS Personal Locator: Introducing the New Lassie

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Forget about Lassie. A GPS personal locator could be the device that saves your life. Certain GPS devices allow users to send distress signals when they feel ill or threatened. In emergency situations, those signals can mean the difference between life and death.   GPS Device Saves Life of Arizona Man  Consider this story. In July, a volunteer at Tonto National Forests found himself facing a medical emergency. The 72-year-old was working with water samples in the middle of the Superstition Mountains, far away from any help.   If this situation were a movie, Lassie would have run for help.Read More

GPS Shoes for Alzheimer’s Patients

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A new GPS tracking product can now bring some extra peace of mind to caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. People who care for these forgetful family members or patients may worry about them wandering off. No matter how carefully they watch, sometimes things go awry. We’ve all seen and heard news stories about a missing elderly man or woman with Alzheimer’s, and these missing persons are often difficult to locate because their paths are illogical and hard to trace. While there is no substitute for loving and watchful care, there are tools available to help easeRead More

GPS Shoe Recognized In Exhibit

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GPS tracking technology will join the telephone and the Internet in being recognized as one of the world’s most important inventions. Specifically, the GPS shoe designed by GTX Corp will be featured in an exhibit at Sweden’s National Museum of Science and Technology in Stockholm. The exhibit attempts to identify the 100 most important inventions of mankind and encompasses technological advances as well as medical developments such as vaccinations and antibiotics. The GPS shoe is one of the greatest examples of GPS (originally a military tool) being adapted for civilian use. GTX Corp partnered with Aetrex Worldwide, a prominent footwearRead More

TRiLOC GPS Locator for Autism and Alzheimer’s Patients

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Anyone who has loved ones afflicted with Autism or Alzheimer’s disease fears for their safety each and every day. Over 500,000 people in the U.S. and Canada alone are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and over 5.5 million seniors suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. The figures are ever-increasing at a rate of 5-10 percent each year. Wandering is a very real possibility, and parents or caregivers search for an effective way to ensure this kind of stress is alleviated. A study found that 90 percent of children with ASD wander at some point, while over 60 percent of seniors with Alzheimer’sRead More