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Free GPS for Alzheimer’s Patients


In New Jersey officials are testing a program where they have given free GPS devices to Alzheimer’s patients. The devices are worn on the wrist much like the Garmin Forerunner line of GPS receivers. Studies have shown that patients can be located in as little as 22 minutes compared to other cases where patients go missing for a day or more.

“This is something they wear 24/7, and they really can’t get it off,” said Barbara Rutan, director of client services for the Office on Aging. “It’s part of the disease process. They do wander,” Rutan said. “This is a great help.”

10 Responses

  1. Do you sell something whereby an Alzheimer’s patient could be found if lost?

    Maureen Shima - January 22nd, 2007
  2. We do not sell any products.

    Tim - January 22nd, 2007
  3. Who is it who manufactures this device and provides the service? Is it Garmin?

    I’m very interested to know the results of this study. Very interested. Can you tell me how I can be sure to find out?

    Martin Eden - May 19th, 2007
  4. An article appeared in the Parade secion of the Aug 8 Newark Star Ledger re a gps navigation device that can be implanted in shoes to track alzheimer patients. Would like to find out more about this device.

    diane knutelski - August 5th, 2007
  5. My father has Alzheimer’s, I track him with a Verizon Chaperone MIGO GPS phone, I set up child zones and get paged on my Verizon phone as he moves from location to location, and I can also look him up on the computer at https://www.vzwchaperone.com/landing

    Steve Benassi - October 23rd, 2007
  6. Sentry Technologies, LLC is releasing a GPS device for Alzheimer’s patients in early 2009 – http://www.sentrysilvergps.com

    Brian [Sentry Technologies] - January 28th, 2009
  7. My mother name is margaret and she has alzheimers. We live in the philadelphia area. I have no one to help me and I have to take her every where I go, so far I been lucky to get her back, without her being hurt. 5 time in this year alone. please can someone help me.

    Rogina - September 2nd, 2010
  8. I would like to have this device for my mother in law. She is alzheimers patient and runs out of the house alone and gets lost every now n then.We are in Hong Kong. Can this device work in Hong kong?

    Anisha - May 28th, 2011
  9. I have a 50yr.old Down syndrome daughter ,Sandra Joy,who travels the city buses and it is a worry now when she is late coming home from her workshork as she is becoming forgetful.She lives in a group home and I would like very much for her have a gps in her purse or backback so that we would know where she is.
    I would appreciate further information.Thank you,
    Elinore Brown

    Elinore Brown - June 23rd, 2011
    • My neighbor’s mother has dementia and got one of those trackers from sentry gps. They asked me to set up some type of zone on the website around their house because their computer is always having problems. They seem happy with it.

      Randy - June 24th, 2011

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