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Alzheimer's and Dementia patients can wander off and become lost
When Kenneth Shinozuka's grandfather wandered out of bed one night and into traffic, he decided he had to do something. Alzheimer's is a horribly debilitating disease, and it is common for patients to wander off and become lost, sometimes in the middle of the night.
Solution: Small device alerts healthcare providers when the patient leaves the room
Kenneth created a simple device that is attached to the patient's foot. A caretaker is alerted when the patient gets out of bed, preventing them from leaving the house unannounced.
Kenneth was recently awarded a $50,000 prize for his invention. He hopes to add wi-fi capability to increase its range.
- Independent Journal Review | When His Grandpa with Alzheimer's Keeps Wandering Off, Teen Invents a Clever Device to Keep Him Safe