Wearable technology is helping Alzheimer’s patients to stay more independent and safe. Alzheimer’s is a disease that causes a multitude of problems including:
- Memory Loss
- Decreased Judgement
- Changes in Personality
Wearable technology is starting to play a large part in helping patients stay independent and safe.
The following technologies can help an Alzheimer’s patient in a number of ways.
Problem: Patient Gets Lost
Knowing the location of an Alzhermiers patient is sometimes lifesaving. Patients are known for memory loss and wondering can easily get lost and not know who they are or where they live. I myself had an elderly man knock on my door one evening. He didn’t know who he was, where he came from or where he lived. I ended up taking him in and calling the police. Fortunately, he was a known wanderer and they were able to quickly assess where he had come from and get him home safe.
Solution – GPS Tracking
Wearable devices have GPS tracking built-in enabling carers to find the location of a patient quickly and accurately. Loved ones can also see where they are and set up virtual boundaries so that if an Alzheimer’s patient wanders off they can be alerted.
Alzheimer patients often get confused and not only don’t realise they have a mobile phone or how it works. Memory loss is a common problem meaning they don’t always remember to take it when they go out.
Solution: Watch Calling
Smartwatches specifically for Alzheimer patients and the elderly have a phone built-in enabling you to make calls without the wearer needing to answer it. This means you can talk directly to the patient or loved one and have a two-way conversation through a smartwatch. This is useful if they are lost or have wandered off. You can just call the smartwatch using a normal phone.
Problem: Medical Emergencies
Falls are common in Alzheimer patients. Not only do you not know where they are but you cannot contact them. Searches can go on for hours and if a patient has lost consciousness it can be even more vital that they receive medical help fast.
Solution: Medical Emergencies
Using a combination of GPS wearable technology, voice calls and fall detection you can quickly identify the patient’s location and potential level of emergency. A number of wearable technology devices for Alzheimer patients include fall detection this is where the device can detect if a patient has fallen. The device can also contact you to alert they have fallen so you can take action.
Smartwatches come with many features and some have apps that will remind you to take medication. When to eat etc.
How can technology help Alzheimer’s?
Technology is becoming more and more vital to support taking care of Alzheimer patients. Its not just limited to wearable technology. Sensors, video links also play a vital role in giving us the tools we need to help our loved ones stay safe.
What is assistive technology for dementia?
Devices, Software and Systems all assist patients with dementia. Everyday life is challenging and assistive technology can help with mobility, memory and keep health professions engaged with patients.
How do you monitor dementia patients?
There are a range of devices available to help monitor dementia patients. I have put together an article for this
What are some examples of assistive technology?
This list is not exhaustive:
Computer Software and Hardware (Voice Recognition and Screen Readers)
Advanced Technologies Such as Amazon Alexa voice recognition