New invention seeks to eliminate injuries and deaths due to Dementia-related wandering

Dementia can affect anyone. It describes a wide range of brain diseases

connected with a decline in memory or other thinking skills. These are severe

enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities.

For example, going for a drive. Even going on a walk to the local

grocery story can be a challenge. It can also have other common symptoms

such as emotional problems and problems with language. Common types of

dementia include Alzheimer’s, vascular dementia, and Lewy body

dementia. Some known causes of dementia include hypothyroidism,

vitamin B12 deficiency, Lyme disease, and neurosyphillis. Getting diagnosed early can help start treatment sooner

and allow time to plan for the future. If someone has dementia, there are many challenges that they will face. They

may have problems with short term memory and ability to focus. Even if the person has a caregiver to assist, basic

functioning can be a huge mountain to climb.

Wandering

One of the biggest challenges for people with dementia is that of wandering. They may get lost, or fall and suffer

a severe injury. Adam, a young man with a passion for technology, has used his skills to help the field of

medicine. After speaking with his father, a medical doctor, he realized that people with dementia can suffer

devastating effects by wandering and suffering injury or getting lost. Inspired to do something, Adam used his tech

knowledge to invent a way to locate dementia patients who wander. He designed and developed a locator bracelet.

When used, it can pinpoint the location of the person wearing it. So, for example, if a person with dementia is

wearing it and goes for a walk, and then gets lost, he can easily be found via his locator bracelet. However, there

may be costs – such as, dedicated staff working on the project. Nonetheless, this amazing device will serve as a

big boost to the advancement of caring for people with dementia.

Published: February 13, 2018
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