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.”