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GPS shoes for Alzheimer patients

According to the designers, these high-tech shoes could save lives and prevent costly incidents
According to the designers, these high-tech shoes could save lives and prevent costly incidents
 

Market before the end of the U.S., the device can send an alert when the patient leaves a perimeter defined by the user.

Many people suffer from Alzheimer's or related dementia. One of the problems associated is the temporo-spatial disorientation. It is not uncommon for newspapers to echo patients who have lost their village or in the forest, not to mention those who simply get lost in the streets. To help families or institutions that need continuous monitoring of their relatives or their guests, an American company now offers shoes equipped with a GPS system.

Similar systems, tags or watches, had the disadvantage of being very visible. "Paranoia is one of the first symptoms of the disease," says Andrew Carle, a professor at George Mason University in Virginia associated with the development of the project. "If you dress a person with Alzheimer's disease with something he does not know, he gets rid of it. For example, if a watch not show beforehead patient will throw it away. The only solution is to hide (the device)."

The pair will cost about $300

According to the designers, these high-tech shoes could save lives and prevent costly incidents. "This is particularly important in the early stages of the disease where people are at the greatest risk. They are most often at home, but disoriented. When they go out for a walk, they can get lost for days,  "says Andrew Carle. The GPS can be set to send an alert on the computer, the tablet or smartphone of "supervisor" when the person leaves a defined perimeter.

 
 
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