10 Lifesaving Location Devices for Dementia Patients

Last Updated: April 6, 2018

Alzheimer’s disease and dementia erase a person’s memory so that familiar surroundings become unfamiliar, making it difficult to adapt to new environments. The disorientation of the disease often leads to wandering, a common and serious concern for many caregivers who worry their loved one may become frightened, lost or apt to walk into a dangerous situation.10 Lifesaving Location Devices for Dementia Patients

There are now new solutions to address wandering and help keep your loved one safe and secure. One way to end wandering in seniors with Alzheimer’s is to use a lifesaving location device. Using GPS tracking, these devices allow seniors to be found quickly.

Location Devices to Track Loved Ones Who Wander

Here is a list of 10 lifesaving location devices for seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia who wander:

1. AngelSense

AngelSense provides caregivers a comprehensive view of their loved one’s activities, comings and goings. The device attaches to a loved one’s clothing and can only be removed by the caregiver. It provides a daily timeline of locations, routes and transit speed and sends an instant alert to caregivers if their loved one is in an unfamiliar place. Caregivers can listen in to hear what is happening around their loved one, can receive an alert if their loved one has not left for an appointment on time, allows caregivers to communicate with their loved one, and sends an alarm to locate your loved one – wherever they are.

2. GPS Smart Sole

Similar to the GPS Shoe and from the same designers, the GPS Smart Sole fits into most shoes and allows caregivers to track their loved one from any smartphone, tablet or web browser. The shoe insert is enabled with GPS technology and allows real-time syncing, a detailed report of location history, and allows users to set up a safe radius for their loved one.

3. iTraq

iTraq is a tracking device that can be used to track pretty much anything – from loved ones to luggage, this tracker pairs with an app on a smartphone to find anyone and anything. For seniors, the device includes a motion or fall sensor and will send an alert if a fall is detected. It also has a temperature sensor. Their newest device, the iTraq Nano is marketed as the world’s smallest all-in-one tracking device that has global tracking, two months battery life, is water and dust resistant is able to be charged wirelessly. The device also has an SOS button that will send an instant alert to friends and family, notifying them of their loved one’s precise location.

4. MedicAlert Safely Home

This device was originally created to help emergency responders treat patients who could not speak for themselves. Today, the device also helps people with dementia who wander. The device is worn as a bracelet and when a loved one goes missing, caregivers can call the police and have the police call the 24-hour hotline to get the location of the missing person. Caregivers can also call the hotline themselves to get information. In addition to a tracking device, the bracelet has important medical information engraved upon it.

5. Mindme

Mindme offers two lifesaving devices, one is a location device, the other is an alarm. The alarm allows the user to alert a Mindme response center in case of a fall or other emergency. The locator device is specifically designed for people with dementia or other cognitive disabilities. The simple device works as a pendant that can be put in a bag or pocket and allows caregivers to track the user online at any time. Caregivers can also set a radius for the user and will be alerted if the person travels outside that zone.

6. PocketFinder

PocketFinder was founded in 2005 by a single parent who wanted to know the whereabouts of his young son, especially when he wasn’t there. Their slogan, “If you love it, locate it!” sums up their philosophy and service offerings. Tracking everything from luggage to pets to children to seniors, the company offers a wide range of emerging technological products. PocketFinder is designed to be the smallest tracker on the market and the device can fit in the palm of your hand. It has a battery life up to one week and allows caregivers to track wearers through a user-friendly app. The device was updated in January 2017 and now includes three location technologies including GPS, Cell ID and Google Wi-Fi Touch. It also now has an SOS button.

7. Project Lifesaver

The mission of Project Lifesaver is “to provide timely response to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer’s, autism and other related condition or disorders.” Seniors who are enrolled in Project Lifesaver are given a personal transmitter that they wear around their ankle. If they wander, the caregiver calls a local Project Lifesaver agency and a trained team will respond. Recovery times average 30 minutes and many who wander are found within a few miles of their home. In addition to the location device, Project Lifesaver works with public safety agencies to train them on the risks associated with wandering.

8. Revolutionary Tracker

Revolutionary Tracker has location-based systems to keep tabs on seniors who may wander. The company strives to “bring an unparalleled level of functionality, capability, ease of use and relevant presentation of information to give people the ability to extend communication, knowledge, protection and care for their loved ones.” Their GPS enabled personal tracker features an SOS button for emergencies and offers real-time tracking. This device allows multiple seniors to be tracked at the same time and syncs directly to a caregiver’s smart phone or computer.

9. Safe Link

Safe Link is another GPS tracking system available for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia. The product promises to “increase safety for the elderly, promote independent living and ultimately lead to a healthier lifestyle.” Safe Link is a small device carried by the person who may wander. The device periodically sends its geographic coordinates to central servers and family members and caregivers can view the wearer’s location via website. The device needs to be charged and worn at all times. All devices have an SOS button for emergencies.

10. Trax

Trax is touted as the world’s smallest and lightest live GPS tracker. The device sends position, speed, and direction through the cellular network directly to your app on a smartphone. Trax comes with a clip that is easy to attach to a loved one. The app allows caregivers to set “Geofences” and will send an alert if a loved one enters or leaves a predetermined area. Trax Geofences have no size limit, caregivers can create as many fence areas as needed, and can schedule when those virtual fences are in effect.

Have you used GPS location devices to keep your loved one safe? Tell us why or why not in the comments below. 

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  • Kelly S.

    Thank you so much for providing this summary of what is available. There appear to be at least a couple of options on this list that will fit my needs. Thanks again.

  • I am still having trouble coming to terms with it being ok to track people with dementia (or lock us up) who are not criminals, simply because people without dementia feel is is ‘for our own safety’.

    It is in many ways, a complete breach of our human rights. Yes, I understand the safety issues carers feel (I have been one), but surely there is a degree os risk everyone is allowed to take, even people with dementia.

    The pharmaceutical industry were the ‘inventors’ of BPSD, becasue it is easier to drug us for what they and most have labelled as ‘challenging behaviours’ such as anxiety, aggression or wandering, rather than find ways to support different ways to communicate, or people still wanting to walk once diagnosed with dementia.

    Yes, the later stages are different, I agree, but surely we still have rights. I remain a concerned person living with dementia.

    • T.D

      Kate is lucky, she still has her marbles !!. No one is taking her rights away, she can still wonder but her carers will know where she is. When I started to use my tracker I used to walk forest tracks and would probably lain unfound for days. I use a MindMe in the UK. You have a one button call to a 24/7 call centre which will route the alarm to carer or emergency service. Your position is shown by GPS which is easily accessed via the internet, by whoever is given the entry code. I can still drive with the knowledge that I am tracked throughout the UK and Europe. What more do you need !!.

    • Marwift

      If you really feel your freedom is more important to you than say freezing to death because you wander, then by all means, let your friends and family know those are your wishes. Yes, Everyone should have control of their fate. My personal experience was with people who were no longer aware of what they were doing or the consequences of their choices. At that point, I am responsible for their well being and I refuse to allow grandpa to wander naked in a snowstorm while I am on watch! (Yes its really happened to us).

    • sem

      It is a bit of a different story when the individual is known to wander and get lost on occasion, and ends up phoning you not knowing how to get back home (or even knowing what city they are in, let alone the street). He relies on us to guide him back home, and would be next to impossible for us to do without a tracking device.

    • M

      Sorry you have this disease. 🙁 This is a safety issue, though and for those that cannot comunicate or understand where they are as stated already. This is for those freezing cold days in the winter and the burning hot days in the summer, too, where too much exposure can kill or further disorient a lost person. It is done out of love. It is for those that manage to escape nursing homes and assisted living and even wander at night in their own home. This is not for those still in the beginning of the disease, the ones that can still communicate, the ones that will eventually get home even through they’re lost for ten minutes. This is for the ones that refuse medication or to admit anything is wrong. This is done out of care and love and wanting your loved one to be safe even if they don’t understand they need it.

    • M

      And if you’re a caregiver that is not properly caring for someone and they constantly wander+get lost and no one does anything, I’m sure you’ll get in trouble with APS and whoever you care for will be placed and maybe you’ll be locked up

      • Sandwich care

        I understand your concerns and they are very valid but let me give you a few examples. An 83 year old lady climbed a 6ft fence at home in her own back garden as she did not recognise at that time where she was. Her carer was in the toilet (everyone is allowed a comfort break). The device enabled her to be found safe and sound. She had managed to travel a very large distance in a short space of time. Another not so happy ending is a local lady left her home in the middle of the night through a window. Sadly she was found dead in a drainage ditch. A GPS device could have alerted people that she had left the property.
        Everyone is an individual and whats right for one is not for another. If a GPS device can help people to remain independent then its a positive however if it makes that individual feel like a criminal other options should be investigated.
        I would like to say that caring for someone you love is the hardest job in the world, There is no rule book, when we take time off we feel guilty and then to read a comment that carers dont do their jobs properly is just heart breaking.
        I hope you find your compromise that make you and your loved ones happy.

      • Eleanor Laurence

        (Just saw this comment was WAY old — but my thoughts still apply:)

        Oh Kate, I’m so sorry you’re struggling with the (unachievable) balance between enough safety and enough freedom. Please allow me to suggest that, as someone with oncoming dementia, you may not be the right person to locate that boundary, even in your own life. Horrible as that sounds, threatening as it may seem to you: it may the case.

        My sisters and I are trying to work out what do to about our mom (92, and her memory marbles have pretty much all rolled away). She still lives alone; we have two nice ladies who alternate ‘visiting’ her (was 6, will now go to 9 hours a day. (Sometimes she really resists/dislikes ‘having some lady in her house’; other times she’s fine with it.)

        In the past couple weeks, Mom has begun ‘going out for a walk’ — a couple times neighbors have found her wandering and brought her home; once my sister (her local ‘caretaker’ who both works (part days and part evenings) and lives 5 miles away), found her. (This is in ‘suburban’ Los Angeles — NO elderly lady should be wandering around without purpose!) (AND, this is the beloved woman, out walking WITH m sister, who tripped and fell on the uneven pavement and badly damaged her wrist — and got a big old shiner on her eye!)

        Our increased level of supervision started after Mom ‘decided’ (late last year) — for no reason SHE could remember or we could imagine — to drive somewhere in her little Civic… (alas, my sister had thought, just the week before, “I should pull her keys” — but since MOM had decided — and followed through on — ‘no more driving’ months earlier, she didn’t. Near as we call tell — of course Mom couldn’t remember — she stopped for a red light, then pulled through, and was creamed by a huge pickup truck!

        Thankfully (obviously) the guys in the big truck weren’t hurt; but mom had broken ribs, cracked sternum, slight bleeding in the brain, lots of bruises, etc. (All seatbelt injuries, by the way!) Of course, the next day, Mom had NO IDEA how her chest got all bruised and no memory of where her car had gone (totaled, we had it towed away).

        There is no such thing as “properly” caring for someone. EVERYone is different, everyone makes different — correct or dangerous — choices about that boundary. Having a tracking device on Mom — as an alternate to a metaphorical chain around her ankle (such as a 24/7 ‘control’ agent — when even 8-9 hours a day seems an imposition to her; putting her in a locked home where she CAN’T get out except by, as someone above wrote: climbing over a 6′ fence to escape a frightening captivity in an unknown place!) — is more protective and LESS intrusive than your “caregiver properly caring for someone.”

        I’d suggest it is, IN FACT, the “caregiver properly caring for someone.” I hope you continued to do well — and were well and properly cared for.

    • 3DoggieMom

      I live in a large metropolitan area in the US. I can’t tell you how many times there are alerts put out for someone with dementia who has disappeared. Sometimes, there is not a good outcome. This winter, there were 2 people who died from hyperthermia. Not to mention the agony that these disappearances cause those who love them.

      My father has a form of dementia that affects his decision making and abstract thinking. While he lived by himself, before we knew exactly what was wrong with him, a young female targeted him and took him for several thousand $ with plans to take much more. Like a child, many people with dementia are not able to make good decisions – their brain will just not function that way. It pains my siblings and I to not allow Dad to have the freedom he desires, but he cannot protect himself.

    • lulu

      it seems to me that you might have more freedom with a tracking device, as people wouldn’t be so quick to “imprison”…which they do out of fear.
      i agree with you about the drugging…they did that to my mom and i put a stop to it. there are natural ways to deal with anxiety that comes from alzheimer’s, which is what she had.

      • Tracey

        Hi I live in Massachusetts and my mom in Illinois unfortunately she doesn’t want to come live here with us because like everyone else she is very independent and the change may not be good. I have noticed she’s having more anxiety can you please share with me what natural ways have you dealt with this for your parent. I would gladly appreciate it.

        • Nomad5

          This is a national helpline, they’ll give you ALL the information you need: 1 800 272 3900. http://www.alz.org

    • Nichole CoCoa Perkins Thorne

      I want to agree with this post so badly. The locking up and the drugging are criminal. But the tracking has become the best choice in my case. I don’t want my mom in a facility and I certainly stopped the drugging! She wants her freedom for as long as she can have it and I SOO want it for her. This is our best option so that she can have those things. Tracking her doesn’t mean hindering her in any way from going where she wants and doing what she wants. It does (hopefully) mean fewer trips to the hospital or police stations in the middle of the night when she has gotten herself lost. She is still so functional that reasoning with her just hasn’t worked. Caring for her is a challenge because she is so willful. Going with her is met with irate claims of independence. What would you suggest in such a case?

      • Joyce

        I concur, I’m in the same situation with my mom and she is similiar to your mom in several ways.. reasoning and independence. If I may, which device did you chose and are you happy with it?

        • Nichole CoCoa Perkins Thorne

          We haven’t decided yet. Unfortunately, she is still in a facility and I will need to petition the court to change that. Stinks.

        • Kath

          How did you go? This sounds like my mum who is still at home with rotating carers. Denies she needs care, gets irate, definitely highly independent and sees any idea of having a carer as an imposition but we’ve had too many incidences now and carers. We need some creative solutions and this looks like one of them

      • Orchid Black

        This is my issue. My dad disappeared with his TRUCK.. He cannot drive now but left in his truck!! This was frightening because, not only could he harm his self.. but other innocent people.

        I won’t “CHIP” my dad.. so I need non-obtrusive alternative to this. We just need to be able to find him before any harm comes to him or other innocent people.

      • Ereaderjunkie

        Give her a phone with a GPS in it and tell her to have it with her at all times. Get a rugged case that can be clipped to her clothes. Set it up so that family members can track it all the time. It’s not a 100% solution, but useful at this point.

      • My country

        I agree . My husband can still function . Except he has forgotten way too much . The drugs are useless as this is not a disease. No one can not catch it and it’s not viral or bacteria . Some doctors suspect the collesterol that coats your every nerve is diminished by the fact that the stuff that helped us in our food stop that production as well as meds if you take those .This is something that has been caused by something else . The drugs can cost $6000 and do nothing . The homes treat them badly. I know I worked in one and saw it . That’s why my mom didn’t get put in one and neither is my husband . I do know that removing all sugar and starches from their diet helps stay off the condition . My husband has been with this for over 4 years Research the foods you eat ! He has only taken to walking a lot more in the past year .

        • Navigator1965

          Look up the book “The End of Alzheimers” by Dr. Dale Bredesen if you haven’t already. Good for you regarding diet.

    • wendy

      think this applys to people who have dementia or altziemers in the latter stages I for one think it is a great idea as I worry about my dad who when he does go out can forget where he lives or how to get back into the warden controlled flat where he live. It also mean I wont have to put my dad in a home which I would not do. I know he is safe and that is my main concern. I certainly dont think it is a breach of anyones human rights. and he is most certainly not a prisoner and still has his independence

    • Fred

      that post is absurd.

    • Pat Patterson

      I would rather my loved one have one of these devices and be found alive rather than be found dead or never found at all.

    • amishcntry

      when they can’t find the bathroom in their own home they need help and have no rights. Wandering is one thing but not having a clue who or where they are is dangerous.

    • Deedee

      Kate, really? What is the matter with you? I am appalled by your comments. You state “but surely there is a degree of risk everyone is allowed to take, even people with dementia”. That comment angers me. A lot of people with dementia DO NOT realize any risks eventually. My Dad has moderate Alzheimer’s that is getting the better of him lately and he will be getting a tracking device…. like it or not. I love him too much to let anything ever happen to him.

    • Karla Babe

      Weekly I see posts of missing elderly or dementia loved ones… Sometimes with tragic endings… Or never being found at all…
      I am of sane mind at this point in my life and if the time comes I need supervision hell yeah.. Track me…
      I have nothing to hide.. I would never want to stress my family by becoming lost..
      To not safe guard my person is just selfish and thoughtless when there are people that care about me..

      • Brigid

        My mom was found walking in the neighborhood THIS MORNING at 7:30am and in 21′. Lucky she had a coat on and a neighbor called the police who already tagged her as a dementia patient and brought her safely home. She never gets up early, but she got up today before my dad and snuck out. Dad is getting door alarms today and I am looking at personal trackers right now because I don’t want to think of all the ways this could have ended.

  • Juanita

    Verizon has a wristband called Gizmopal for children. I think that if it configured for adults and functioned the same way it already does now… It could be quite useful for an Alzhiemer or Dementia patient. It still gives the ability to call a loved one for help and might maintain independence for a little longer.

  • Gail Sanborn Clinch

    Is there anything available for a mobile dementia person that falls but will not remember there is a button on his person to push for help? And locate him (gps) if lost.

    • Ahmet CETINKAYA

      Hi Gail,
      I am currently developing a product for alzheimers disease patient and i will add height parameter to my app too.Thanks for commenting here

  • Mack Knife

    You ought to really validate the resources you put out. The GPS Shoe is vaporware. The company GTX Corp and Aertex (reseller) first: Do not answer their telephone, and in the later case, the link goes to a site that doesn’t exist.

    Please do some research before putting out information that looks more like multi-level marketing schemes or companies just trying to sell something without any support.

    This is too serious of an issue in many families to get false hopes up or deal with companies that can’t answer their own telephones. Just who is going to trust a company to help track their family members when the company selling the products can’t even answer a telephone?

    This sounds more like a way for someone to make money off of the hopes of people who are looking for a reliable solution to one of today’s biggest medical problems than a company that really has something to offer. Blogs and so on are nice but they are nothing more than PR if the company behind it isn’t around.

  • nao

    Don’t know of a local showroom or place to purchase

  • OJ

    Another great GPS locator is Yepzon. It is easy to use and has an amazing battery life. [Link Removed]

  • Blanca

    How do u choose which one to get? It is so confusing. I

  • AudreyMiller

    Other than the medic alert, has anyone had experience in using these devices in Canada?

  • Pat Roye

    Is there some kind of device for one that refuses to wear a bracelet, watch, etc. something that can be attached that is unobtrusive?

    • Orchid Black

      YES.. I wonder the same thing. My daddy is not going to change and he’s at that place where he WON’T change.. He cannot handle change at this point.

      I know he will always have his keys in his pocket and his wallet. I’m looking for something slim enough for those issues where he wouldn’t mind it.

  • sriwiyanti

    Is there any device like GPS tracker that available in Jakarta (Asia), some I see their coverage are in USA/Canada, non of them availabe in Jakarta. Thank you

  • RWPhillips

    Does anyone know of a ankle bracelet form of tracking device. I am looking for something for a 24 yr old autistic man who wanders. Pocket devices and wrist worn devices are not practical.

    • Pat Patterson

      Google Alzheimer’s patients tracking devices and it lists different GPS devices. One is an ankle bracelet.

  • John Persson

    GPS trackers are good! My mom is 80 years old and has dementia. She can not remember where she lives most of the time. She lives at an elder care home and each day around 3 pm she walks “home” – to her childhood home. It is 4 km away and when she gets there she mostly walks round in a circle. She gets fresh air and an exercise, enjoys the nature and is in good mood.

    She forgets where she live and sometimes I call her cell phone and ask her what she is doing and where she is. If she is around her childhood I sometimes pick her up and take her home for dinner, and bring her to elder care later. If she forgot the cell phone or it is discharged I use the GPS tracker to find her.

    We have been talking about her freedom to go where she wants. She (mostly) understand that with the cell phone and the GPS she can where she want. We can then call her and ask if she want us to pick her up, or with the GPS we can show up and ask if she want to go home to the elder care.

    Twice we had given up and she was found by the police. Walking around for more than 10 hours is not what she wants. She understand the problem with not being found.

    The best thing with the GPS we use is that it can have standby time at 300 hours. That is more than a week. To get a position you can call the device or send an SMS with a code. Then it will return a message like this:

    http://maps.google.com/maps?q=37.8269817%2c-122.4251442 V:A,2015-11-11 15:28:13 S:004km/h,Bat:90%,9107726101

    Unless you know the world coordinates by trivia, a smartphone (Android, iPhone) is handy at this time.

    The response line contains:
    * Link to google maps
    * Status “V:A” = active pos, V:V = old pos
    * Date time when it send the SMS
    * Speed e.g. 4 km/h
    * Battery charge
    * IMEI number

    The brand is Tkstar and it is from [Link Removed] We do not use the belt, as the GPS is just put in her jacket pocket tied up with cable ties (otherwise she removes it from the pocket). It has GPRS capabilities (online tracking) but we do not use that as it takes too much power.

    I prefer GPS over drugs and locking up.

    • John Persson

      The response the GPS send was converted to a link to google, here is “almost” how it look:

      http:// maps . google . com/ maps?q=37.8269817%2c-122.4251442

  • Sherry Terry

    I’m interested in a tracker for my wandering 95 y.o. father. However, he has a pacemaker. Do any of the signals from the trackers interfere with the pacemaker? Also, I’d like to hear from someone who has used a tracker vs. the sales pitches…

  • Laura

    I currently use a ‘go track’ in my mothers car. It is great and can be followed on my phone. I put this in because she started to forget her phone at home and I couldn’t locate her with ‘find my iPhone app’ because the phone was home and she wasn’t. Now it is starting to elevate to a higher level where I need to put something on her person. Pretty Scary stuff and yet she is not ready for an assisted living situation.

  • Ekbil Aksesuarlar

    Rewire Security’s 102 Nano GPS Tracker is; tiny ,battery powered, easy to use, has 1 day standby time, and they provide real time GPS Tracking platform, aswell as a mobile GPS Tracking APP 🙂 (IOS/Android compatible)

    They have a great technical support team, and suprisingly their prices are affordable.
    Check them out : [Link Removed]

    • caitlinburm

      Thank you for sharing that with us, John.

  • Ranjan

    Good list of devices, however I came across rugged, waterproof SmartKavach (Watch) with 10+ features for elderly (even when fall unconscious) and ambulance paramedics from http://www.easym2m.in.

  • Linny

    I’m looking for a device to be worn daily to keep track o f an little girl with a language barrier, who runs away whenever from a yard ,window , out a door. With or without shoes, or jacket. And I don’t want to pay a fortune , she is only staying with us for under a year.

  • Nefetori Cook

    Thank you for these recommendations for tracking. My aunt wanders off and I’m so worried about her. I wanted to research tracking devices so as to eliminate my fears of her getting lost and possibly hurt. I wanted to find a device that’s stylish, waterproof, long battery life, that can be personally tracked through the internet/app/real time, distance customized, can call & talk to the person, emergency button and they can’t remove it. I’m not sure if one has been designed yet but I’m sure I can find one that may do the most important thing and that is to keep track of a loved one. Thanks again. N.C, New Jersey

  • fred lusk

    I’m looking for a tamper proof ankle or wrist bracelet for my dementiated wife. It would allow me, rather than a command center, to track her via an app on my smart phone when she wanders off.

  • Jasimah Mohd Zain

    Hi! I’m Jasz from Malaysia(FarEast). My family recently purchase MedicAlert bracelet from an NGO here in Malaysia for my mentally disabled brother. I’m not sure if it is the same Medic5Alert mentioned in this site because it hasn’t got traking device. My brother went missing last week for 4 days and the bracelet doesn’t help at all. Without tracking device it is absolutely useless in this part of the world because most people thought it is an accessory. So how can I get tracking device for my brother.

    • JayBee

      look at GPS wearable tracking technology from GTX Corp

      [Link Removed]

  • Eoin O’Malley

    Munster GPS has a range of GPS trackers both old technology and the new SIGFOX tracking technology. Click on [Link Removed] for more information on this technology

  • Michael Randall

    Don’t forget mediband and medibandPlus!

  • August Barbosa

    I am needing a small black gps tracker wrist band that works with Verizon and my iPhone so that I can find him on my own without having to call a toll free number. By satalite and map!

  • Gabrielle Merritt

    I have a mind me locator for my husband who has dementia but he left the house this morning while I was in the shower at 10.30 before I had pinned it into his trousers. Has now been missing for nearly 8 hours and its dark and cold out there. He was not wearing a coat. Police and every social media and local cafes, pubs and shops informed. I am worried that he may die of hypothermia overnight.

  • Max4eup

    Alissa, Thank You so much for your research. Do you have a recommendation for an adult child with Down Syndrome? My son is very agile and physically capable, but has difficulty speaking. I would like him to have more freedom, and maybe such devices will help. Thank you!

  • sue

    Love this article. As the Community Paramedic in my city, I have a FB page and shared this!

  • Alfred Van Grberghe

    Where van In fond the device for my father please? And what ‘s the name of the product for online buying.

  • Shailesh Rao

    I am seriously working on tracking Alzheimer Patients. Wearable gadgets may not be complete full-proof because of possibility of getting detached. The best bet is embedding a chip in the body like Pace Setter. This is too cumbersome in a country like India where possibly more than few millions face Alz syndrome.

    Currently, I am mobilizing SENIORS across in Tier II town in India. The association of Seniors will encourage to have TATOO [a code] which will be tracked in every aspect of health of an individual. Selective access will be given to Family, Friends, Police and respective Senior Citizen forums. I would appreciate your views on this serious issue. Thank you.

  • Jennifer R

    Is there something that a person can wear to be tracked when hunting in the woods of Maine. There is no cell service in the area.

    • Dave

      Look into SPOT trackers. This device sends location info to a satellite when then beams down the data to a central processing center. With knowledge of the correct URL this device can be tracked. There also are buttons for a 911 type emergency request as well as a help me button, and a message send button (message is pre-programmed by you).

      These are small (deck of cards) and are used by fellow dual-sport and Adventure motorcycle riders. Check with them for deep woods functionality …

  • Lany Burnett

    DO NOT BUY the safelink. That company is horrible. If you take a look at their website, they don’t even have a phone number to call and speak to a rep. They sold us a watch last year that in no way is good for a patient with dementia. Most dementia patients lose their fine motor skills. My father in law is not even able to strap the watch on his wrist. Safelink then refused to swap out the junk watch they provided to us for the newer model that has a detachable wrist band. What kind of unethical company would refuse to swap out a product that doesn’t function for one that may. The geo fencing is nice, but there are plenty of other products that will work for that. We cancelled our service.

  • Jimmy Ha

    Those devices will be helpful for them if it meets small physical size, long battery life and reliability.
    GeoFamily app will be another good option if patients can hold smartphone. You can get the location and status information as well from him or her using GPS and Wi-Fi technology(for indoor), whenever you request or in a time interval. SOS function is also supported on the app.
    Visit here if you require more information.
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  • Sofia

    I’ve found this product on Facebook [Link Removed]
    I want to buy one for my mother, I hope she will wear it instead of the previous cheap alarm button.
    Someone knows this product or experienced a similar one?

    Thank you.

  • Anonymous

    Are there any devices that can be used by someone who can’t be relied on to recharge it? If we attach a small tracker to my Dad’s key chain we’d be able to find him if he got lost. If there were batteries that lasted 30 days, or could be recharged wirelessly if the device was placed within a few feet of the charger, we could set him up for success. Otherwise, even with phone calls to him to try to get him to charge it, the device would surely lose power by week’s end. Thanks for any pointers you can offer.

  • Stanley Suen

    There is a new device just released on Kickstarter. It uses GPS and Wifi to track outdoor and indoor location. The device works directly with a Smartphone App by sending alert messages to the app. If it works we don’t need to make a phone call to the call center all the time! Looks promising.

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  • John Reese

    Alerta by Track Patch is coming spring of 2019. A disposable patch that lasts one week and alerts a caregiver if a loved one wanders. It attaches to a loved ones back with a medical grade adhesive so it is unobtrusive.


    I live in Idyllwild California. We are a very small mountain community of about 3500 full time residents. It is very cold outside. We as a community just spent the last 10 days searching for a male resident with dementia. He lived with his family and decided to take the dog for a walk. He did not return. Search and rescue teams from all over the state that included blood hounds, law enforcement agencies, fire dept. personnel and hundreds upon hundreds of residents, myself included, searched everywhere on this mountain and beyond for this man. The dog finally turned up and a day later helped lead the family to the area where the man had died. The dog stayed with him for 9 days until she had to get home to get help for herself or she would have died too. Unbelievably sad. The entire community is grieving. Had this man been using a tracking device, none of this would have happened and he’d be home safe and comfortable with his family and his dog.

  • My country

    It’s different when you have a grown son and grandchildren living within 100 yards of you and you have entirely no help .To make matters worse we moved to Texas in 2009 and came back to this state because I had to help with my mom . Now we have no doctors and we were born and raised here . Somehow I have to get back to Texas to his doctor . I need a device so I can go to the store and I really need to know where he is ! I have taken care of people with dementia and my mother died last year with cancer . But the worst part was she had Lewy Body . Look it up it’s scary and that’s when I found out there are over 250 kinds of dementia. I have a husband who no longer able to tell time without a digital watch and is subject to just start walking . I just need a phone watch that I can call him on and to GPS him just in case ! All he can do is just answer as I am the only one who will be calling him . But he has made it home in the past and I stay on the alert . So unless you live with it , it is the worst thing that can happen to you or your loved one . The sad fact it is not s disease and it is not viral or bacteria. It is the symptom of something that has been caused to happen to a lot of us. I hate anything that takes away anybody’s freedoms. But these people don’t know but one thing ! And that’s to move . Too often we hear where they just leave and are found dead . I don’t want that for my husband .

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