Finding new paths

Among the most commonly mentioned symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) besides impairments in memory, language and thoughts, is wandering. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, around 60% of Persons with Disability (PwD) will wander away at one point.

Caregivers usually attempt to manage wandering by following common measures of being extra vigilant, locking doors or employing attendants to keep a watch.

However, in 2014, 15 year old Kenneth Shinozuka, decided to think out of the box to keep his grandfather with AD safe from wandering. He developed a sensor which can be attached to the PwDs sock at night. The sensor works by sending an alert to the caregiver’s phone on sensing any change in pressure. Google Science Fair awarded Kenneth with the Science in Action Award for this invention. (Read more at http://www.upworthy.com/this-teen-came-up-with-a-wildly-smart-invention-to-help-his-grandpa-cope-with-alzheimers).

Research has also found daily structured activities to reduce aimless wandering and restlessness among PwDs, and an improved night time sleep. Combining these research findings with technological advancements can help caregivers better manage their PwDs.

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