CNN (June 10, 2009): GPS Shoe to Track Alzheimer's Patients

Publication Date: 
Wed, 06/10/2009

A new shoe outfitted with a GPS chip aims to offer peace of mind to Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers.

The embedded GPS tracking system will allow the wearer of the shoe to be located instantly online and for their whereabouts to be monitored in real time.

The shoe may offer hope to the growing number of people with Alzheimer's disease. More than 26 million people worldwide live with Alzheimer's, and the figure is set to exceed 106 million by 2050, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health.

"This could not only save lives but potentially save goverments billions in search and rescue operations," Andrew Carle, a professor at George Mason University who was an advisor for the project, told CNN.