Dementia is one of the biggest healthcare challenges the UK faces. It is the most common cause of death in women and the third most common cause in men with heart diseases in the lead. According to statistics, 60% of people with a cognitive disorder wanders off on their own at some point. This type of behavior is extremely dangerous for the older people with the illness and it can cause great stress for the family members and caretakers.
Dementia occurs when a person’s cognitive abilities such as memory, thought and language start to diminish. Learning new things become impossible over time and eventually, people with dementia or Alzheimer’s can’t function by themselves. Wandering and getting lost can happen at any stage of dementia, that is why the carers have to be prepared for such occasions.
Dementia and Alzheimer’s are life-changing diseases but they don’t have to be life ending. Personal tracking technology can enhance the lives of those with dementia. Fortunately for the families and caregivers, Alzheimer’s trackers have introduced a new way to prevent the dangers of wandering and they are equipped with the latest technological features to help them deal with emergency situations.
These small and discreet devices can be easily placed in a pocket or clipped on a key ring of a person with Alzheimer’s and their movements can be tracked 24/7. Tracking devices cannot replace the loving attention a carer gives but they can help mitigate the constant stress of losing them out of sight. Now let’s take a look at some of the advanced features that can help the families accomplish that.
Past a certain age, elderly people tend to visit certain places or choose to stay home. But due to their condition, they are susceptible to wandering at any given time. Sometimes even a few moments alone is enough for them to leave the premises of their home.
Geofence zones or safe zones as they are more commonly called allows the people with access to the tracking device to create virtual boundaries on the map. These locations can be anywhere from the senior family member’s home to a friend they often visit. Alzheimer’s trackers notify the responsible parties with a smartphone notification every time the tracker enters or leaves one of the safe zones. With a safe zone in place, seniors can never leave an area where they are supposed to be without alerting their carers.
Unfortunately, due to their advanced age and medical conditions such as Alzheimer’s, older people go missing all the time. We see them on the news or run into people seeking help desperately to find their lost relatives. It is the undeniable truth of diseases like dementia; once the elders find themselves unattended and the symptoms kick in, they just start walking in a direction aimlessly and without anyone around to stop them, they find themselves in a completely unfamiliar area when they come to their senses.
In situations like these, caretakers and families have to be quick to take action. Real-time tracking allows a person to pinpoint the exact location of the tracking device. Families can send medical and emergency aid to their GPS location by informing authorities and prevent a possible disaster.
Alzheimer’s disease not only robs the people of their memories but also causes them to lose motor function gradually. Elder people already have frail bodies because of their age but when Alzheimer’s disease weakens them even more and as a result they experience falls more often. A normal person would just get up and go about their day but a fall from any height can lead to terrible consequences for senior people.
Personal tracking devices designed for elders have a sensor that detects falls and notifies the family members if the person can not recover from the fall after a certain period of time. This advanced feature can help elderly relatives when they are in need of help.
Elderly trackers have an easily accessible panic button that can be pressed in an emergency to alert the people responsible for taking care of them. The button, when pressed, sends a distress signal to the family members and an SMS providing the location of the device.
Before caregivers even notice, the elder people can venture off and travel a long distance before they come to their senses. Once they do, the elders can use the panic button to call for help. It is a priceless tool that allows the family members to immediately go to their location or alert authorities if necessary. No matter how serious the situation, the seniors will have an easier time dealing with their daily challenging when they know the help is one button away.
No matter how old they are, losing track of a loved one is one of the worst nightmares for family members. If the missing person suffers from a condition such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, it gets even worse.
Even though over 90% of people who stray are found within two miles of where they disappeared that doesn’t mean families can relax and wait for them to be found. In most missing cases, the chances of the elderly people getting hurt or worse are extremely high. An Alzheimer’s tracker is a must-have device that can potentially prevent a life-threatening situation and greatly improve the quality of the elderly people’s lives.