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Thinking outside of the (shoe) box for Alzheimer’s patients

Thinking outside of the (shoe) box for Alzheimer’s patients

Whenever the folks here at Freedom Home Care go scouting for information that we feel will be helpful to our patients and their families, there’s always that moment when we stumble upon an article that could be considered news of the weird. And today was no exception. Especially so when we learned that shoe developers have designed a pair of sneakers that have been outfitted with a built-in tracking device to locate Alzheimer's patients.

“It's very common for people who have dementia to wander off on their own,” say the editors at CBS News Online. “When that happens, frantic family members have to search for them, and call the police if they can't find them.”

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And that’s where the locator shoes come into play. Featuring a GPS system in the heel, the $400-per-pair shoes can be purchased online and are being produced in the U.K.

“The technology would allow relatives to view the location of the person through a smart phone app or on a computer,” reports NBC, who also took note of the new technology. “The family would also be able to designate a safe area, with an alert being triggered if the wearer goes beyond the boundary.”

And after we learned more about the innovative kicks, we started thinking that it might not fall under the category of news of the weird, perhaps it would be better described as a sign of the changing times.

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