Aging-in-Place Technology: “Spy” Shoes Help Keep People With Dementia Safe
As more and more people choose to age in place, more and more technology hits the market to help them stay out of nursing homes or assisted living. Bloomberg.com picked 10 such products for an online slide show of “Granny Pods and More.“
The featured technology includes “walking shoes that spy on Grandma”:
These walking shoes have a GPS transmitter and receiver embedded in the right heel. Caregivers go online to create a virtual fence — a zone around the person’s residence — and pay the shoe’s maker, Aetrex Worldwide, to receive alerts when the wearer leaves the area.
The slide show also takes a look at MEDCottages and a device that lets people who don’t use computers still get email.
Leigh Ann Otte is a freelance writer who specializes in health and aging issues. She covers finding and paying for senior care for OurParents. If you have any questions about this post or need help finding senior-care options for a loved one, call 1-866-483-4896 to speak with a care advisor in your area.