GPS shoes for patients with Alzheimer's
Posted: October 31, 2011 6:40 AM PDT
Market before the end of the U.S., the device can send an alert when the patient was a perimeter defined by the user.
Some 860,000 people in France suffer from Alzheimer's or related dementia. One of the problems associated is the temporo-spatial disorientation. It is not uncommon for newspapers to echo patients who have lost their village or in the forest, not to mention those who simply get lost in their street. To help families or institutions that need continuous monitoring of their relatives or their guests, an American company now offers shoes equipped with a GPS system.
Similar systems, tags or watches, but they were already had the disadvantage of being very visible. "Paranoia is one of the first symptoms of the disease," says Andrew Carle, a professor at George Mason University in Virginia associated with the development of the project. "If you dress a person with Alzheimer's disease with something she does not know, they get rid of. For example, if a watch, but not show them, patients will remove it. The only solution is to hide (the device). "
The pair will cost about $ 300 on the shelf
According to the designers, these high-tech shoes could save lives and prevent costly incidents. "This is particularly important in the early stages of the disease where people are at the greatest risk. They are most often at home, but disoriented. When they go out for a walk, they can get lost for days, "says Andrew Carle. The GPS can be set to send an alert on the computer, the tablet or smartphone of "supervisor" when the person leaves a scope defined.
The first batch of 3000 pairs was delivered to the Aetrex shoe salesman, says GTX, a manufacturer based in Los Angeles. Sales to individuals to begin this month, two years after the announcement. These gems of technology are not given since it will cost $ 300 for a pair. No information on possible commercialization in Europe has been disclosed.