Last updated: May 31. 2013 6:54PM - 64 Views
By Matilda Charles

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Caregivers for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia will applaud a new gadget that can help keep track of those who might wander: a shoe with a tiny global positioning satellite (GPS) tracker in the heel.

Footware company Aetrex and tracking software provider GTX have put a lot of thought into both the shoes and the tracking capability. The leather shoes, for either men or women, are either lace up or strap. They look very comfortable, and come with two removable layers for a better fit. There’s a grooved polyurethane sole for traction.

But it’s not cheap. The shoes alone cost $300, and the GPS requires a connection plan that runs $35 a month. You can find information online at www.aetrex.com/gps or call 800-526-2739.

There are additional devices available to make your life easier if you care for a senior with Alzheimer’s or any other condition where constant monitoring is essential.

Back in 2009, a tracker was created that also uses GPS. Called the i-Tag (www.i-tag.biz), the little device is the size of a nine-volt battery. It can be programmed with a “geofence” — a set area that that you establish. If the wearer leaves that area, an alarm will sound.

There also are locks that sound an alarm if a door is opened, alarm pads that sound an alarm if they’re stepped on and mini-cams that can help you keep an eye on a room from other parts of the house.

There are a number of tools that will make it easier on those who care for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients. It’s just a matter of finding what works best for you.

Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail.com.

(c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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