Another product has been added to a list of many others that claim to keep a track of Alzheimer's patients. The latest entrant into the market of GPS fitted bracelets and necklaces are GPS fitted shoes.
This is the first time that shoes will have built in tracking devices and will be used to help track elderly people who forget where they have to go.
Studies stipulate that there are more than five million Americans who suffer from Alzheimer's disease. A lot of them wander off while taking a walk and some get lost and those not found within 24 hours may die from dehydration or injure themselves.
The problem with other devices like watches and necklaces is that the patients tend to remove these items from their person if they do not recognize it.
Andrew Carle, a professor at George Mason University's College of Health and Human Services who was an adviser on the project, said, "It's especially important for people in the earliest stages of Alzheimer's who are at the highest risk. They might be living in their home but they're confused. They go for a walk and they can get lost for days".
The GPS system found in the shoe is fitted in the heel of the shoe and completely out of sight. Shoes are one thing that a patient would not be likely to remove. The system allows family or caretakers to define an area and put up a geofence. If the wearer of the shoe crosses the geofence then this would trigger an alarm alerting the caretaker. Once the alert has been sounded through a smart phone application the person can be tracked with the help of Google maps.
The shoes that are priced below $ 300 are said to help ease the physical and emotional burden that Alzheimer's patients are subjected to. This will also make the task of dealing with dementia patients much easier for family and caregivers.