GPS Devices in Shoes a Growing Solution to Wandering Alzheimer’s Patients

GPS Devices in Shoes a Growing Solution to Wandering Alzheimer’s Patients
GTC sets goal on worldwide network, ships more miniature GPS devices to Aetrex Shoes

Jan. 18, 2012 – Caregivers are increasingly turning to miniature 2-way GPS embedded in shoes to monitor the location of senior citizens afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, according to GTX Corp. The company announced the second delivery of 1,500 GPS devices to footwear-maker Aetrex Worldwide.

The latest tiny GPS devices from GTX will be embedded in the Aetrex Ambulator collection for shoes for comfort and wellness.

There are over 5.4 million seniors who suffer with Alzheimer’s and over 12 million caregivers that devote their lives to them, with millions more expected as the Boomer population ages, according to the company’s news release.

However, they add, Alzheimer’s represents 60% to 70% of all cognitive disorders, so in reality there are close to 9 million Americans suffering from impairments, like Autism, that can lead to wandering.

Professor Andrew Carle of George Mason University recently discussed this potentially lifesaving technology on the CBS Early Show and said, “These are only U.S. numbers with an estimated 25 million cases of Alzheimer worldwide expected to quadruple to 100 million short of a cure.”

Considering the demand and the growing acceptance of digital products, the company says it has a “road map to expand its partner alliance to help deliver GPS Shoes to 9 million adults and children in the U.S. with cognitive disorders and millions more across the globe.”

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