Monday, January 30, 2012

More Great Press for the GPS Shoe from CNET and

Teaneck company's GPS shoe helps track Alzheimer's patients : News A Teaneck shoe maker has joined with a California technology company to create a shoe that uses GPS technology that records where a wearer walks – and can send alerts to caregivers if someone suffering from Alzheimer's disease or dementia wanders away and gets lost.

A family in Virginia has been using the shoes for the past month, as part of a trial set up by an elder-care expert, to keep track of an 83-year-old husband and father who scared his wife recently when he wandered away while she was grocery shopping. The man's son now gets alerts on his cellphone showing his father's location. "So if I lose him, I can call my son and he tells me where he is," the man's wife said. Read the rest of the article HERE.

GPS shoe makes its way to market

CNET > News > Health Tech A growing number of devices aim to track Alzheimer's and other patients who have a tendency to wander. Of course, many of these devices must be remembered to be worn to be of any use.

GPS-fitted shoes, then, seem like one of the most obvious accessories given shoes are generally required for, well, wandering.

Shoemaker Aetrex, with the help of GPS device makers GTX, is now selling its GPS Shoe after it received FCC clearance in September 2011. Read the rest of the article HERE.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Man with Alzheimer's wanders for 3,000 miles and CBS reports the GPS Shoes are a solution

Man with Alzheimer's wanders for 3,000 miles and
CBS reports the GPS Shoes are a solution

A CBS News story about a man wandering across the country this week reports the GPS Shoes are a solution.

The GPS Shoes are starting to become recognized as a default solution for the 5.4 million Americans that are afflicted with Alzheimer's and wander.

The Alzheimer's Association and Medic Alert (members of our Partner Alliance) are also mentioned in the CBS News story.

Click HERE to read the story and watch the video. You may need to scroll down the page for the video.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

You need not get lost searching for an answer to the “where is” question that the millions of caregivers have been asking.

Close to 9 million people in this country suffer with some form of a cognitive disorder, from dementia and Alzheimer’s to Autism, Down syndrome and veterans that came home from battle with brain injuries. According to the Alzheimer's Association, about 60 percent of the 5.4 million of those afflicted with the Alzheimer’s will wander off and become lost.

George Mason University Professor Andrew Carle recently stated, “of course these are only U.S. numbers with an estimated 25 million cases of Alzheimer worldwide expected to quadruple to 100 million short of a cure.”

After nine years of research and development, GTX Corp (GTXO.OB) and its partner Aetrex Worldwide have brought to the consumer market a solution for people who wander – a GPS Shoe with an embedded 2-way GPS tracking device that will instantly locate the wearer and send a caregiver an alert via text or email if the wearer wanders off beyond a pre set area.

Joann Johnston, whose husband, Bill Johnston, has Alzheimer's disease, said; the shoes give her peace of mind. "When I lost him, you kind of panic."

When a 79 year old victim went missing the Virginia Beach Police Department, Emergency Medical Services and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management Search & Rescue Team and numerous volunteers assisted in her search. Fortunately she was found alive, but the Police claimed the net cost to the taxpayers was about $36,000. No one questioned that the money was well spent, but what if there were a better way to locate those that wander, what if instead of $36,000 you could bring the cost down to $299?

If only 10 percent of the 9 million Americans which have a cognitive disorder get lost – 900,000. Assuming it would cost a thousand dollars on average to locate someone that had wandered off and became lost – 900,000 multiplied by $1,000 for each search would cost $900,000,000. That’s almost 1 billion dollars that could be saved or better spent on research developing cures. That’s 10 percent at a cost of $1,000, when the statistics show it’s closer to 60% that wander at a search and rescue cost of tens of thousands of dollars. Not to mention the emotional toll on the caregivers. The value in peace of mind gained, search and rescue costs and lives potentially saved isn’t quantifiable.

How much is a pair of GPS SHOES - MSRP $299
How much is the monthly monitoring service - between $30 to $40 depending on usage and features
How often do they need to be charged - approximately every 50 hours
Do they come in both men’s and women’s- yes
How often do they report back- every 10 or 30 minutes depending on which monthly plan you select
If a loved one wanders how do I get notified – either by text message or email
Can more than one person receive the notifications – yes you can add as many people as you wish on your alert list
Does the GPS SHOE tell me when the battery is low – yes either by text or email
Do I need a special wireless carrier – no the GPS SHOES will work in the U.S. anywhere that there is T Mobile coverage
Where can I learn more about the GPS SHOES –

Where can I order a pair –