Having a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s can be stressful. In the United States, there are over 16 million individuals caring for a person with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease with no cure and with limited medical treatments. Being a caregiver is a full-time that can be both physically and mentally taxing, especially as the patient’s condition progresses. Most caregivers experience loneliness, anxiety, and exhaustion, and many may suffer from depression and burnout.  To help with some of this is a new GPS for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients that fits right inside of the shoe.
A fear of every caretaker is their loved one getting lost and unable to find the way home, whether they forget their addresses or can’t communicate well to any passerby trying to help. Or perhaps they will leave home unattended and wander away. Fortunately, there are products designed to help ease the stress for caretakers, and here is one:
GPS Enabled Shoes
GTX Corp created the GPS SmartSole, insoles with GPS and cellular technology to track the wearer via a phone or computer. The insoles aren’t very different from traditional insoles you’ll find at a pharmacy, light and discreet. They are said to be a smarter option than GPS bracelets and other trackers since the GPS is hidden in an item the patient hardly leaves the house without.
“The primary reason is that paranoia is a manifestation of the disease,” says Andrew Carle, a professor at George Mason University’s College of Health and Human Services. “If you put something on someone with Alzheimer’s that they don’t recognize, they remove it. If it’s a wristwatch and it’s not their wristwatch, they will take it off. So you have to hide it.”
He continues to state that about five million Americans suffer from this disease, and 60% tend to wander and are at the risk of dying from dehydration, injury, or exposure.
Therapist Lynette Louise specializes in developmentally disabled persons recommends the soles to her clients to give them the freedom of walking while keeping them safe and their caretakers at ease.
The Story of Patti Ciancaglini and her Husband
The company promotes the story of Patti Ciancaglini who got these insoles for her husband, Ray Ciancaglini, the former professional boxer. He enjoys strolling outdoors on their property, but Patti worries he might get lost or caught in unpredictable weather. The GPS insoles give her peace of mind and the ability to take care of her husband instead of putting him into a home.