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.