Using GPS to Track Wandering Dementia Patients

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Using GPS to Track Wandering Dementia Patients

By Stephen J. Baetge

Staff Writer

There have been numerous proposals to solve the problem of wandering dementia patients who go missing every day. But many families and caregivers are turning to GPS — a U.S. space-based global navigation satellite system — as a hi-tech solution.

The results of a 10-year collaboration between the Department of Justice and the Alzheimer’s Association found that wandering is one of the most common, frequent and potentially life-threatening behaviors associated with dementia stemming from Alzheimer’s disease.

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