In the world today there are a lot of people suffering from Alzheimer’s and different forms of dementia. While this is a huge problem, the thought of someone who suffers from this kind of thing getting lost is just as scary as these neurodegenerative diseases themselves.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, six in ten people with dementia will wander at some point. This can be quite dangerous depending as they on how progressed may not remember their names, addresses, or other things of the sort. When someone has memory problems wandering in itself is very dangerous and risky. It can leave them stranded and unable to find help.
Now, just in case any of you reading this are not aware dementia is an overall term used to describe diseases or conditions that bring forth a decline in memory, language, and other things of the sort. Alzheimer’s, for example, is the most common form of dementia and accounts for about sixty to eighty percent of cases overall. The more this kind of thing progresses the more care we have to take of those with it which can be heartbreaking as they become unable to recognize us, themselves, and even follow through with their basic needs as a whole.
Now, back to wandering as mentioned above many people with dementia of some kind will end up wandering and we need to have ways to keep up with them so that they do not end up hurt or worse as a result of not being able to get back to where they need to be, right? Well, the SmartSole can help with just that. This insole goes within the shoes of those with dementia and has a GPS tracker within. These are perfect for those with dementia overall as those with dementia who are wandering will still for the most part at least remember to put their shoes on or already be wearing them in general.
You also don’t have to worry too much about losing the signal of the tracker as it is in many ways an actual hidden smartphone. It not only used GPS but 2G as well and requires a service plan like a normal smartphone would. These insoles were created for young adults or teens with autism or developmental disabilities, those with Alzheimer’s/dementia, veterans or athletes with TBI, at-risk individuals, or other people of the sort. Through these soles, location data is tracked and sent every five to ten minutes making them quite accurate as well as efficient.
They are also not necessarily that expensive the devices themselves are about 299 US dollars and service for them is roughly 25 dollars per month depending on how you pay (monthly or quarterly). You can also get a discount if you’re buying more than one pair. Each additional pair will take about thirty bucks off your total and the second pair’s service plan will be five bucks less per month.
Now, these soles do have to be charged but charging is very simple and quick. All you have to do is place the insole on the charging pad that comes with your order and make sure you’re lining the symbols up correctly. Within just two to four hours charging will be complete.
For more information on these interesting products please check out the video below. What do you think about these as a whole? Would you use them to track your loved one?