Keeping track of an elderly family member with dementia or Alzheimer’s is a necessity, especially when you’re away.
Statistics show that the majority of people with Alzheimer’s are aged 65 and older, and that 200,000 Americans below 65 have onset Alzheimer’s disease. An elderly family member with these health conditions is a serious cause for concern if they head outdoors and wander off. A senior is probably going to head out only after putting on a pair of shoes, which makes footwear a perfect way to keep track of your family member.
Nowadays, shoe manufacturers are catering to seniors with these conditions with GPS built into (the soles/heel of) the shoe, which aids you in keeping a close track of your loved one wherever they go. These GPS shoes for seniors can also be of use by guardians to monitor people with special needs, or people who have undergone traumatic brain injury, or anyone for that matter who’s got an inclination of wandering off.
What are GPS Shoes for the Elderly?
GPS shoes are those shoes fitted with a tiny GPS system, mostly in the sole or heel of the shoes to monitor individuals with Alzheimer’s of dementia, remotely. Family members who want to keep a track of their loved one can download an app on their smartphone or computer and know where the elderly person is.
The GPS device in the shoe consists of a battery, SIM card combined with a chip, and is placed inside a space made from polycarbonate material located in the midsole of the shoe, which is durable enough to last the life of the shoe, which is around one to three years. They operate just like a smartphone which needs to be charged, and requires a service plan, for you to keep track of the location map via the internet.
Best GPS Shoes for Elderly
What to Look for in GPS Shoes for Elderly
In our article above we have shortlisted the best GPS shoes and GPS insoles to assist you to keep track of your elderly parent or loved one who has a special need. We have also highlighted what features in shoes you need to look for that can accommodate GPS insoles.