Alzheimer Tracking Device

Living With Alzheimer's

Alzheimer Tracking Device

An Alzheimer’s tracking device is one of the latest innovations that have helped calm many a nervous family member, caregiver, retirement home personnel and even the patient themselves. In the years prior to the introduction of the tracking device, it was almost impossible to know exactly where every Alzheimer’s patient was, especially in a big retirement home. When someone appears to be missing, even momentarily, it becomes a frantic search for that patient and oftentimes, it can be hit or miss.

Today, family members and retirement homes alike have many options at their disposal that will help make their lives less stressful and hectic. The best ones either have GPS or RF ID built into them, but regardless, the working principle remains the same.

An Alzheimer tracking device is designed to pinpoint the location of a patient at any given time. The tracking devices can either be attached as a wrist band much like one would wear a wrist watch, or even more cleverly as in a necklace. The device sends out signals which can be picked by receivers – depending on the exact technology being employed – and then relayed into a monitoring station where the exact location of the device is registered. Where before, family members and medical personnel alike would have to search far and wide to locate a missing Alzheimer’s patients, now all they have to do is look at the monitor to get a read on where the patient is most likely located at any given moment.

To this end, the use of GPS technology found in an Alzheimer tracking device is worthy of a more detailed discussion. This technology currently represents the top of the line in tracking and detection. GPS tracking devices work by direct communication with satellites overhead which triangulate the position of the observer and relays that position, the speed they are moving and elevation in real time, to receivers on the ground.

The best part about a GPS-based Alzheimer tracking device is that they can cover a wider array than competing technologies like RF IDs. It does not matter if you are trying to locate an individual within a compound or in a big city. As long as there is a signal between the satellite and the tracking device, the patient will be found. GPS devices also tend to be more accurate.

The downside, however, is that GPS functionality is power intensive and the devices of this nature may require more frequent charging. If a patient isn’t found before the battery is drained, it may nullify the benefits of a GPS Alzheimer tracking device altogether. GPS tracking devices also tend to be more expensive, bulkier than RF IDs, and the signal can be blocked if the satellite cannot get a straight reception either because of interference, location, or simply being obscured by buildings or being in a basement.

Still, the Alzheimer tracking device represents a monumental leap in technology from where it once was. Today, family members and medical personnel no longer have to worry about where to look for an Alzheimer’s patient. GPS tracking devices simplify the task of locating a missing patient, allowing the facility or family member to be more at ease and more assured. If only technology could progress in the same way towards finding a cure or prevention for Alzheimer’s disease, the world would be a better place for many of the older generation.