Wandering Seniors: A GPS Shoe to Help Protect Seniors with Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

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The Society of Certified Senior Advisors speaks out on a new way to protect seniors that wander. A senior that has a tendency to wander off can be a great cause for concern. A GPS shoe that is able to track where that senior goes can help protect them from serious injury and alleviate some of the family’s stress.

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The GPS technology in a pair of shoes can help bring peace of mind to families and caregivers while assuring a safer environment for seniors suffering from wandering behaviors.

The Society of Certified Senior Advisors has released a new article, “The GPS Shoe for Wanders” that discusses how to help protect seniors with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia that have a tendency to wander off. This type of behavior can be a great risk to the health and safety of that senior. There are currently about 5.3 million Americans suffering from Alzheimer’s, and about 60 percent of those will wander off at some point or another, the majority of which will wander on more than one occasion. GPS shoes can help make caring for loved ones that wander more manageable and less stressful.

GPS shoes were initially developed for serious runners and misplaced children, but the use for this technology has proven to also be remarkably effective in protecting seniors with Alzheimer’s and other various forms of dementia. The GPS technology not only allows families to know exactly where their loved one is at all times, but users can also setup a customizeable “safe-zone” and should the senior wander out of this specified area the family or caregivers will be notified immediately so that they can remove the senior from any danger as quickly as possible.

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“Other tracking devices include watches or bracelets with a GPS inside. However, it is easier for a person to forget to put those devices on before leaving the house. Shoes are more of a necessity, and most people don’t forget to slide their shoes on before going somewhere. This increases the chances that a person who wanders would be wearing the GPS device and therefore would be locatable.”

“The GPS technology in a pair of shoes can help bring peace of mind to families and caregivers while assuring a safer environment for seniors suffering from wandering behaviors.”

The Society of Certified Senior Advisors provides free resources and tools for our members as an ongoing commitment in helping professionals to understand the complex and dynamic lives of the modern senior citizen. SCSA has a suite of information including educational webinars, white papers, articles and more! Find out about all the resources SCSA has to offer at Free Resources.

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SCSA’s mission is to educate professionals to work more effectively with their senior clients. For those who work with seniors, this means understanding the key health, social and financial factors that are important to seniors—and how these factors work together.

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