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Improving quality of life to people with Alzheimer's disease

A newly developed system technology for location and health monitoring of people with Alzheimer's disease allows for tracking and monitoring of wandering patients.
Improving quality of life to people with Alzheimer's disease
Loss or damage of brain neurons often leads to severe impairment of intellectual capacity. Related diseases such as dementia, Alzheimer's and mild cognitive impairment may lead to early hospitalisation or institutionalisation due to the problem of patients wandering.

Because of loss of memory, concentration and judgment, patients may leave home, thus getting disoriented and lost. Consequently, people who care about these patients prefer to institutionalise them rather than leave them to wander. This may considerably deteriorate the quality of life of patients and increase expenses for them and their families.

Challenged by this, an Israeli SME developed an innovative system/technology for tracking and monitoring wandering patients that offers patients outdoor freedom, while it determined the health status of patients. This novelty is based on a learning platform that processes information related to the daily schedule of the patient, their walking patterns, physical conditions and day-to-day routines.

The system comprises a Central Managing and Monitoring System (CMMS) and a wireless communications bracelet providing in-time alerts. It is customised according to the patient's needs and habits. It also involves state-of-the-art telecommunication technology (GPS/GSM), remote sensing and power managements coupled with behavioural algorithms.

The innovative system features an excellent track and response rate. It can be used both indoors and outdoors and it carries a small, but long-lived battery that does not need to be recharged daily. Collaborations are sought with telemedicine developers and service providers, as well as healthcare system integrators.
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