GPS Shoes Could Help Track Alzheimer’s Patients

By Elizabeth Thielke / Posted on 01 December 2011

Wandering is a common behavior of people with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, about 60 percent of those who suffer from dementia such as Alzheimer’s Disease wander, and many of them who aren’t found in 24 hours may risk death because of dehydration or injury.

Now, some high tech shoes could help families keep tabs on their loved ones who might be prone to wandering.

The GTX Corporation is introducing shoes with GPS built into them. The service requires a monthly subscription, and with a downloadable app, the wearer can be tracked using the GPS or get an alert if the person wanders out of a pre-set safe zone:

Though I joked about getting them for my teenagers, these shoes are a great use of GPS technology. While they won’t prevent wandering, they are potentially a tool to provide families some piece of mind.

-Elizabeth Thielke

There are 4 Comments about this post

  1. AL Luckow says,

    I was in a startup where we did something like this around 2001. Guess it was too much tech for the time. But I am well-aware of what it takes to make money from such a product. Its Interesting though that in the article above, there is no mention of the $34.99/Month service fee in addition to the $300 tennis shoe.


    on 08 December 2011 / 8:03 PM

  2. This is a gret idea! I remember reading something in the news about an elderly man who wandered away from his home, and his wife was worried sick because he was suffering from a slipping mind. It was quite a relief that they found each other again. I bet this would be quite a useful tool for them.


    on 09 December 2011 / 9:53 PM

  3. Yes, it can certainly be a helpful tool for the caregiver’s peace of mind. Thanks for your comment!


    on 12 December 2011 / 11:28 AM

  4. I love the idea but what happens if the person goes inside? They can´t be found. This watch idea I found, Keruve Family Direct Locator, looks so much fancier. It just looks like it makes life easier (comes with a handheld monitor as well). I would recommend checking it out.


    on 16 December 2011 / 3:30 PM


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