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Mobile Devices for Massachusetts Seniors with Alzheimer’s

Every 67 seconds someone in the U.S. receives the life-changing diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. Over five million Americans now live with it and almost two-thirds of them are women. Alzheimer’s has grown to be the sixth leading cause of death in our country.

For the estimated 15.5 family caregivers who provide assistance to a loved one with Alzheimer’s, keeping them safe can be stressful and exhausting. Wandering is one of the most difficult behaviors to manage and one of the most dangerous.

Advances in technology have resulted in the development of mobile devices that offer increased safety for the senior and peace of mind for the caregiver. Some of the newest options are mobile personal locator devices that can track a senior with Alzheimer’s disease if they go missing.

Personal Locator Tools for Massachusetts Seniors with Alzheimer’s Disease

The first 24 hours after a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease goes missing are crucial to their safe return. A few of new categories of tech products make locating them easier. These are two that have earned good reviews from families and tech experts:

  • eResponder Mobile Personal Emergency Response System (MPERS) – This small device can be discretely worn around the neck. It is water resistant so it can even be worn in the shower. The device can be used by the senior to call for help if they need it or activated by the caregiver to locate their loved one wherever they may have wandered. It works off of a wireless connection so it can be used anywhere. Neither a base station nor landline is required. eResponder has a built-in microphone and speaker to make communication easier. The battery can last up to two months on a single charge.
  • eCare GPS Mobile Personal Emergency Response System (MPERS) – eCare is also lightweight and water resistant. A push of a button connects the user with emergency center support personnel.  Built-in eCare tracking allows caregivers to monitor and determine their loved one’s location online in real time. It is compatible with most smart phones. The battery on the eCare device can last for up to five days on one charge.

We hope these devices help give you peace of mind while caring for a Massachusetts senior loved one who lives with Alzheimer’s disease.

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