Helping caregivers of Alzheimer's patients

People who provide Alzheimer's care for either loved ones or in a retirement home setting are well aware of how their patients can suffer from the debilitating disease.

At times, those with Alzheimer's become very disoriented and even wander off, sometimes out of the home without their caregiver's knowledge.

Now, a new device in development aims to reassure nurses and families in that while their patient may start to meander outside, this individual will easily be found again.

According to, researchers are looking into adding a GPS chip to the shoes of some with Alzheimer's.

An invisible boundary will alert caretakers and families when the senior passes a certain area, such that he or she will not get too far away.

This tracking system would work for Alzheimer's patients because, the article explains, those with this disease are not very likely to remove their shoes when disoriented and wandering.

In addition, Japanese scientists recently released the results of a study that aims to indicate early on whether or not a person will develop Alzheimer's.

The scientists found that a peptide in spinal fluid may indicate the disease and while this is only in clinical trials, the test appears to uncover the condition before the brain is seriously damaged.

Helping caregivers of Alzheimer's patients

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