A few months ago, we wrote a blog post about wandering, a risk associated with many conditions, but particularly concerning elderly people in various stages of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, six in ten people with dementia will wander. “A person with Alzheimer’s may not remember his or her name or address, and can become disoriented, even in familiar places.“
According to a CNN article, “There are over 125,000 search and rescue missions for Alzheimer’s patients every year. That is only set to increase as baby boomers continue to age — by 2050, it’s estimated the number of people with the disease could triple, from 5.1 million to 13.8 million, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.”
Not only is it dangerous for the individual, but these issues are costly to agencies who provide the search and rescue efforts.
There are now solutions to address wandering and help keep loved ones safe. The devices allow seniors who may become lost to be found quickly and safely. More and more families are beginning to research tracking devices for their loved ones, by GPS, or cell tower location, if they haven’t already fitted their loved one with such a device.
Here are reviews and information from some other great blogs.
Alzheimers.net provides a list of ten lifesaving location devices for seniors who have Alzheimer’s or dementia.
A Place for Mom says “Location and elderly GPS tracking devices are an increasing option for caregivers and families trying to reduce wandering.” They provide a list of 10 location devices that are being used to keep loved ones with the disease safe.
CaringVillage.com also provides a list of their “Top 10 Products to Track my Elderly Parents Location.”
If you do decide to go this route with your loved one, make sure they’re on board with the idea. “You should ask the person with dementia if they agree to you using this kind of device. Make sure you explain carefully what the tracking device is, and why you think it could be a good idea. If they have concerns, talk about them and be willing to repeat the conversation as many times as necessary.”
GPS tracking devices for patients with Alzheimer’s or dementia are an affordable option for families trying to keep their loved one safe, and today’s products are as discrete and attractive as an everyday fitness tracker. If this issue affects you and your loved one, it may be time to protect them with a GPS bracelet of their own.