These Shoes With GPS Track Elderly Family Members With Alzheimer’s To Prevent Them From Getting Lost

By. Ran

Alzheimer’s or senile dementia in an elderly person is related to serious problems with disorientation. Those who suffer from this lose the skill to orient themselves, be it time or spatial orientation. They feel lost even in their own homes. No matter where they are, they often feel uncomfortable and disordered; they can easily enter a state of constant anxiety which is hard to stop.

This state often leads them to leave their houses even without realizing it.

Families with loved ones suffering from this disease often experience this.  The loved elderly person will leave suddenly and the whole situation will result in the person getting lost.

But there is nothing to worry about now. A Japanese company has created a GPS device that can be attached to the shoes of those who suffer from this disease. If and when they put on their shoes and leave without telling anybody, the GPS device helps the family members track the person easily, no matter how far they have gone.

Image Credit & More Info: Wish Hills

The Japanese are known for their innovative creations. And this time, they have made something that the whole world can benefit from.  The Japanese company that created the device is called Wish Hills Company, and they have truly done something amazing. Their invention is very important and crucial as long as senile dementia is concerned, as elderly people usually do not use watches or smartphones.

The one thing they cannot go outside without is their shoes. The Japanese company figured this out and created a GPS device that can be attached to the shoe.

And how does this shoe work? A notification is sent to a smartphone from this GPS device to a close relative that will enable them to locate the person with the disease using a map. The map can be viewed on both a smartphone and a computer. Once the elderly person moves away 165ft (50 m), 328 ft (100m), or 1640 ft (500 m) outside of his house, the GPS device will send the notification. 

The GPS shoes are currently available in Japan (Now maybe in other countries as well). And they are not cheap. They were priced at $300 per pair. Yet this device would not solely benefit Japan with almost 28% of its population being over 65. 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are 47.5 million people in the world who have senile dementia. And there are new cases of this disease in 7.7 million people each year. With these troubling numbers, it is fitting that they have invented such a shoe.