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How can you find the demented when they don’t want to be found?

Alzheimer’s wanderer’s go until they get stuck.
They will not leave many verifiable clues.
The afflicted have a previous history of wandering (72%)
They appear to lack ability to reverse direction.
The demented are oriented to the past, the degree of the disease sends them back in time
Coexisting medical problems that limit mobility are common.
The wanderer may attempt to travel to a former residence or favorite place.
Alzheimer’s may cross or depart from roads (67%) but are usually (89%) found
within one mile of home and half found within one-half miles.
Victims are typically found a short distance from road (50% within 33 yards)
They will not cry-out for help (1%) or respond to shouts (only 1% response rate).
Victims will succumb to the environment (hypothermia, drowning, and dehydration).

Given the behavioral profile of an Alzheimer’s victim that wanders, GPS tracking shoes provide the best solution for early notification of wandering, real time subject tracking, and ease of application use.

GTX Corp with its patented 2-way GPS technology and the Aetrex Navistar GPS Footwear System provide care givers peace of mind and an enhanced quality of life. Watch this: CNET

Millions of seniors with dementia will wander in search of their lost memories. While we can’t find those remembrances, we can find the lost victims themselves.

The Mayo Clinic describes Alzheimer’s and the problem of Wandering: The disease can erase a person’s memory of once-familiar surroundings, as well as make it extremely difficult to adapt to new surroundings. As a result, people who have Alzheimer’s may wander away from their homes or care centers and turn up lost, frightened and disoriented — sometimes far from where they started.

“Wandering is a behavior that happens mainly as a result of declining cognitive skills,” says Beth Kallmyer, director of family and information services at the Alzheimer’s Association in Chicago. “The loss of memory impacts their ability to discern where they are.”

Today, more than 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. That number is expected to grow to 20 million in the coming years, according to Andrew Carle at George Mason University.

More than 60 percent of people who have Alzheimer’s wander at some point, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Often, someone who’s wandering is: searching for something, escaping from something or reliving a past event. This can and does happen often. And it stresses the care giver as much if not more than the afflicted.

While there is no solution to Alzheimer’s or wandering, there is a GPS Tracking device embedded discretely in a walking shoe that will enable care givers to locate a wanderer within a minute, know the direction they are moving  and at what speed – walking or in a vehicle.

The GPS Shoe was developed by GTX Corp and is available in the Aetrex Navistar GPS Footwear System.   Watch this video from CNET and regain your peace of mind.

For those afflicted with Alzheimer’s, a walk may bring them one step closer to death.

Alzheimer’s disease causes its victims to wander off. Getting lost places them at great risk. They can die – of those lost more than 72 hours, only a few will survive.

More than 300 Alzheimer’s sufferers wander and/or get lost each day. Each year there are as many as 125,000 reports of victims of Alzheimer’s disease wandering away …many more go unreported. Experts estimate that 60 percent of persons suffering from Alzheimer’s will wander. This puts the potential pool of wanderers at an epidemic 3,000,000 individuals

Most of those who wander don’t get very far. As a result, they are found quickly and only local residents get involved in their search. Of those found within 12 hours, most percent survive –however, one in 14 doesn’t make it home. Of those lost more than 24 hours – 67 of 100 die. Of those lost more than 72 hours, 80 percent never make it home.

When it happens, caretakers find themselves in a total state of confusion — feeling helpless. Although most Alzheimer’s sufferers that wander are found within a mile and a half of their home. These wanderers are often on foot. Nevertheless, finding them is like looking for a needle in a haystack and very costly to the community. Their search endangers others in the community that might need the assistance of those resources.

When the victims wander they rarely ask for help. They don’t tell anyone they are lost. And in most cases, they don’t leave any physical clues that will help you find them unless they are wearing GPS enabled tracking shoes developed by GTX Corp and marketed by Aetrex Worlwide. Wearing these discreet 2-way devices their every footstep can be tracked and mapped in real-time on a web enabled mobile phone, notebook or computer.

For some GPS is about global positioning satellites. For the 12 million Alzheimer’s caregivers it is a Great People Saver.

Getting lost is the least of the problem.

Nearly 12 million of us take care of the 5.6 million Americans with the Alzheimer’s disease, a number that’s expected to increase to 16 million by 2050, according to the Alzheimer’s Assn.

The burden of care-taking places tremendous pressure on one’s time and resources. A 2009 AARP and National Alliance for Caregiving survey learned that caregivers — most typically middle-aged women providing care for a parent — give more than 20 hours of their time each week. Most say it interferes with work, and the longer someone is a caregiver, the more likely her own physical and mental health is to suffer.

One of the most troublesome circumstances with the disease is wandering or sun-downing where the afflicted will head out of where they are supposed to be and become disoriented. That happens to about 60% of the millions of the disease’s victims and only half will be found before they succumb to accidents, weather or exposure.

To provide a personal and discreet solution GTX Corp and Aetrex Worlwide have partnered to provide a walking shoe with a 2-way GPS tracking device that will alert,
locate and track with a click to web enabled  phone, pad or computer. AARP though it a viable solution.

It is common for a person with dementia to wander and become lost; many do repeatedly. In fact, over 60 percent of those with dementia will wander.

Using “common” and “60%” really does not address the true impact or understanding of wandering.

There are millions afflicted with dementia in the US. If 60% of just 1 million of them were currently wandering then law enforcement, emergency services, family, friends, volunteers and the news would be searching for 600,000 senior adults across the country. But there isn’t just 1 million mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, uncles, aunts, cousins, friends, brothers and sisters lost, because 5.4 million are currently afflicted with Alzheimer’s and there are thousands more with other cognitive disorders.

It is probable that the numbers of those lost will reach 3.320,000 (60% of 5.4 million) and that number grows every day. We have to face the reality that we have and will continue for decades to have a problem efficiently locating those that wander.

If not located quickly many will succumb to the elements, others will contract serious health conditions and still others will fall victim to crimes. While the average search will cost $36,000 – the ramifications of each event will reach staggering proportions when all related costs are compiled.

The prospect of a nation aging at an ever accelerated pace without the preparedness to meet the circumstances that it will face until an effective treatment, cure, or prevention is found…may very well over tax our economy and government.

There are options until we become better informed about the why’s and where for of dimentia. We have an affordable, practicable means and method to afford those that suffer from dementia and their caregivers peace of mind. Should the afflicted wander off and become lost, they can be located with a unique, 2-way embedded GPS technology placed within a comfortable walking shoe and trackable through a smart phone or computer. To take advantage of this innovative patented GPS Shoe technology, visit the web site of Aetrex Worldwide and lace up an effective solution to “sundowing” developed by the company that keeps people connected; GTX Corp.

Word of the device is getting out: http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/goodlife/138394604.html.

You need not get lost searching for an answer to the “where is” question that the millions of caregivers have been asking.

Close to 9 million people in this country suffer with some form of a cognitive disorder, from dementia and Alzheimer’s to Autism, Down syndrome and veterans that came home from battle with brain injuries.  According to the Alzheimer’s Association, about 60 percent of the 5.4 million of those afflicted with the Alzheimer’s will wander off and become lost.

George Mason University Professor Andrew Carle recently stated, “of course 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.”

After nine years of research and development, GTX Corp (GTXO.OB) and its partner Aetrex Worldwide have brought to the consumer market a solution for people who wander – a GPS Shoe with an embedded 2-way GPS tracking device that will instantly locate the wearer and send a caregiver an alert via text or email if the wearer wanders off beyond a pre set area.

Joann Johnston, whose husband, Bill Johnston, has Alzheimer’s disease, said; the shoes give her peace of mind. “When I lost him, you kind of panic.”

When a 79 year old victim went missing the Virginia Beach Police Department, Emergency Medical Services and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management Search & Rescue Team and numerous volunteers assisted in her search.  Fortunately she was found alive, but the Police claimed the net cost to the taxpayers was about $36,000. No one questioned that the money was well spent, but what if there were a better way to locate those that wander, what if instead of $36,000 you could bring the cost down to $299?

If only 10 percent of the 9 million Americans which have a cognitive disorder get lost – 900,000. Assuming it would cost a thousand dollars on average to locate someone that had wandered off and became lost – 900,000 multiplied by $1,000 for each search would cost $900,000,000.  That’s almost 1 billion dollars that could be saved or better spent on research developing cures. That’s 10 percent at a cost of $1,000, when the statistics show it’s closer to 60% that wander at a search and rescue cost of tens of thousands of dollars. Not to mention the emotional toll on the caregivers. The value in peace of mind gained, search and rescue costs and lives potentially saved isn’t quantifiable.

FAQ

  • How much is a pair of GPS SHOES – MSRP $299
  • How much is the monthly monitoring service – between $30 to $40 depending on usage and features
  • How often do they need to be charged – approximately every 50 hours
  • Do they come in both men’s and women’s- yes
  • How often do they report back- every 10 or 30 minutes depending on which monthly plan you select
  • If a loved one wanders how do I get notified – either by text message or email
  • Can more than one person receive the notifications – yes you can add as many people as you wish on your alert list
  • Does the GPS SHOE tell me when the battery is low – yes either by text or email
  • Do I need a special wireless carrier – no the GPS SHOES will work in the U.S. anywhere that there is T Mobile coverage
  • Where can I learn more about the GPS SHOES – www.gtxcorp.com www.gpsshoe.com www.aetrex.com

Where can I order a pair – www.aetrex.com

GTX Corp GPS Smart Shoe on CBS Early Show

If anyone ever wondered if there was a payback for all of the billions of dollars invested in satellites, space travel, computers and the internet, watch this clip from the CBS Early Show

It would appear that our nation is going to be the victim of a crippling disease for which there is at present no cure. But, technology enterprises, like GTX Corp and it’s production and retail partner; Aetrex Worldwide taken the technology of global location and put it to use affirming for the caretakers of those millions smitten with Alzheimer’s the means to find their loved ones despite their inclination to wander.

No one knows why the afflicted wander, but we know the fear of loved ones becoming lost.

Dementia is the condition that describes diminishing cognitive skills. Alzheimer’s — like Parkinson’s and vascular disease — is a sickness that causes dementia.

Today, more than 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. That number is expected to grow to 20 million in the coming years, according to researchers at George Mason University. Though there is no way to be certain, the Alzheimer’s Association estimates that some 60 percent of those with the disease will wander at some point.

Alzheimer’s disease kills nerve cells, hampers connectivity between neurons and damages tissue in the brain, the association reports. Eventually, the brain begins to shrivel dramatically. The cortex, home of thinking, planning and memory, shrinks. So does the hippocampus, where new memories are created. Researchers are not exactly sure why Alzheimer’s disease affects the brain the way it does. It could be the abnormal buildup — and entanglement — of proteins among nerve cells.

Scientists are also not sure why dementia often leads to roaming. But there is this sobering statistic from the Alzheimer’s Association: About 50 percent of people who wander will suffer serious injury or death if they are not found within 24 hours.

In the moderate to severe cases, the wandering pattern is random. Many patients seem to respond to circadian rhythms. At the end of the day and in the evening, there is the “sundowning” phenomenon, during which people exhibit all sorts of difficult behavior, Koester says, such as anger and stubbornness.

Occasionally, people will leave and not return — professionals call it “elopement” — and that can pose added dangers. Most people are found. It may be in a closet – at the end of a suburban street, in the mud, in thick woods, or near a lake.

GPS Shoes For Wanderers

As families and health professionals have become more aware of dementia and its patterns — and lack of patterns — they have devised various methods of dealing with wanderers.

The Alzheimer’s Association suggests making sure patients who begin to show signs of memory loss get exercise and keep their minds active. Certain drugs may slow the advance of the disease. There are practical steps to take, such as putting deadbolts on doors of homes and security devices in senior-living facilities and cutting back on the availability of liquids at night to keep patients from getting up to go to the bathroom. Certain organizations suggest dressing a wanderer in bright, reflective clothing and making sure the person is carrying identification.

As the numbers of Alzheimer’s patients grow, organizations and companies are developing potentially helpful technologies. A shoe company, Aetrex Worldwide, and a firm that makes global positioning devices, GTX Corp., have created shoes containing GPS technology for wanderers to wear.

While we may not understand “wandering” or how GPS tracking works, we can and do understand the enormous pressure caregivers are under and the peace of mind that a device that can locate loved ones is a solution for a problem that is not going to go away.

The GPs Shoe is retail ready and the press in taking notice has stopped tip-toeing around wandering and senior dementia

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AARP, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

The Loons are back on Golden Pond.

Ernest Thompson, wrote the original stage play of On Golden Pond and adapted it for the Mark Rydell 1981 film. Henry Fonda, in his last role, plays a prickly English professor; Norman Thayer, at the disagreeable age of 80. Visiting his summer house by a lake, Norman suffers the disorienting effects of dementia getting lost in a strawberry patch mere feet from his front door.

Its been thirty-years since the movie was screened and we barely know much more about dementia than we did then. No cure has been found and treatments have proven to be only mildly helpful as the condition is aggressively progressive ultimately rendering the victims lost within themselves.

Dementia may take many forms – more than seventy – and its effects can be felt at any age. The symptoms and behaviors of the various forms of the illness progress over long spans – often twenty years or more – placing ever greater demands on family caregivers of which there are more than fifteen million today in the US alone.

What we do know of dementia is that the aging boomer generation population will force the number of the afflicted and their demands for support to balloon to staggering proportions. The toll of the epidemic for the nation, their caregivers and the demented will overwhelm the systems and services in place today.

Sundowning is a tragic aspect of dementia. As the day moves to night something misfires in the minds of the victims and they become disoriented often eloping from facilities, or while out and about and yes even picking strawberries. The problem is that they cannot find their way home.
As night approaches they become invisible and often succumb to the elements before they are found less than a thousand feet from home.

Locating the lost has been a mission for GPS technology company; GTX Corp GTX Corp (OTCBB: GTXO) and its CEO Patrick Bertagna for years. This month though that mission will be completed with the retail availability of a discreet 2-way GPS device embedded within a comfort shoe GPS Shoe technology manufactured by Aetrex Worldwide and supported by MedicAlert www.medicalert.org  and Onmilink Systems www.omnilink.com to provide secure, real-time, location based services to caregivers offering them peace of mind and the afflicted with a better quality of life as they will not need to be confined to protect them from their debilities.

Some may see this service as an invasion of privacy. We see it as life-saving search and rescue. Ask yourself, if it was your parent and you had the shoes would you tie the laces.