When a loved one has dementia, life takes on various new challenges. One of those is keeping your loved one safe. Its common for people with dementia or Alzheimers to experience memory impairment and to lose their ability to focus, pay attention and solve problems. This means they may wander off, get lost and become distressed. 

To help keep people with dementia or Alzheimers safe, MetAlert has designed a pair of smart GPS shoe insoles that track the wearers movements. 


$359 at MetAlert Retailer

According to the companys website, the ergonomic, patented GPS SmartSole fits easily into most adult shoes just like regular insoles. It eliminates the need for a separate tracking device, which someone with dementia might forget to take with them in the first place. It also avoids the stigma attached to visible types of wearable trackers. 

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Although the GPS SmartSole is noticeably thicker than a typical insole, the majority of people whove tried it find it to be comfortable, and dont notice any difference in their shoes. To avoid discomfort, the company advises loosening the shoes laces or straps. 

The GPS SmartSole retails at $359, but a service plan of $29.95 per month or $74.95 quarterly is required to keep them functional. 

But the SmartSole isnt alone. There are other methods you can use to maintain a loved ones dignity and help you monitor their activity.

MGMini Lite Medical Guardian

Starting at $150 at Medical Guardian

For those looking for a more affordable wearable, this tracker from Medical Guardian is ideal. The small bracelet resembles a classic fitness tracker which provides a bit of discretion, but it also has great features like an instant help button, optional fall detection, and its water proof!

AngelSense Amazon

$59 at Amazon

AngelSense, which attaches to clothing and can only be removed by the caregiver, is another, more affordable option. It provides a daily report of location, routes, steps and transit speeds and instantly alerts the caregiver if their loved one is in an unfamiliar place or has not left for an appointment on time.

iTraq iTraq


iTraq pairs with a smartphone app to track a loved one, and includes a motion or fall sensor; it sends an alert to the caregiver if a fall is detected. The iTraq Nano, which is marketed as the worlds smallest all-in-one tracking device with global tracking, can last up to four months on one battery charge. Its water- and dust-resistant and set up for wireless charging. It also has an SOS button that sends an instant notification of the wearers precise location. It is not a real-time tracker, but it also monitors temperature and can alert you when your loved one leaves a designated area. 

Do you know someone who could be made safer with one of these products? Or how about adding a Granny Pod to your backyard?

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