GPS Shoes help Alzheimer's Patients and their Caretakers

seniorhelpdesk.com video blog credited to CBS News

Technology -- in the form of GPS shoes that have GPS tracking -- is beginning to revolutionize how caretakers keep tabs on their loved ones who sometimes wander, and get lost can be found.

Joann Johnston, whose husband, Bill Johnston, has Alzheimer's disease, said the shoes give her peace of mind. "When I lost him, you kind of panic," she said. Bill, who is 83 years old, had wandered away. Bill is one of an estimated 5.3 million Americans who suffer from Alzheimer's disease, and wandering is one of the most common symptoms. 

Andrew Carle, executive in residence of senior housing at George Mason University, saw a need to reduce wandering and reached out to a California company, GTX Corp (www.GTXCorp.com) that makes GPS shoes with GPS tracking solutions. They partnered on a model for the elderly to provide an Alzheimer's lost and found solution.

"Primary caregivers are afraid to even turn their back on the Alzheimer's patients for two or three minutes, because they're afraid when they come back, the loved one may be gone," Andy Carle said. "And this technology can really help those with dementia and gives the family or caregiver a method of locating the Alzheimer's patient." 

Seeking ways to control wandering, Bill's wife Joann and son Alan were led to George Mason University and Andrew Carle, who offered them a pair of shoes to test. "The shoes give you more control," Alan Johnston said. "My mom can call me and I can immediately find his location."

The GPS shoes can be ordered at http://www.GTXCorp.com/ 

Full story at: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-500165_16...

City: 
Milford
States: 
Connecticut
Zip code: 
06460
County: 
New Haven