GTX Corporation and Aetrex Worldwide are collaborating to release a new shoe, on Monday, that is embedded with GPS to track its wearer’s whereabouts. The shoe, which resembles a tennis show, would be worn by Alzheimer’s patients, who are prone to wander away from home at some point over the course of the disease.
Ruth Gay, director of public policy and advocacy with the Alzheimer’s Association in Northern California and Nevada said: “Wandering in fact is a very big safety issue. We do know that if people aren’t found within 24 hours, the risk of death goes up substantially. They don’t always know how to protect themselves from the elements or find a safe location."
“For years we’ve looked for things like this that would help is find somebody quickly when they get lost."
The shoes join a growing list of GPS embedded products including: wristwatches, bracelets, and other products that help wandering people with dementia.
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