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Keeping track of ill elderly

BEA DOTTIN, [email protected]

Keeping track of ill elderly

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Relatives of the more than 35 000 people estimated to be living with Alzheimer’s disease are now able to track them.
This has been made possible with a bracelet locator that was officially launched yesterday evening at the District “A” Police Station. The project was initiated by the Alzheimer’s Association of Barbados in collaboration with the Royal Barbados Police Force and Comprehensive Security Solutions Inc.
The bracelet, which serves as a watch and carries a SIM card, has a two-way voice capability feature, is able to log data and can send out a distress signal.
Noting that the problem of monitoring and caring for people with dementia could be difficult, Station Sergeant Stephen Griffith said people who suffered from the disease were known to have been treated with some “extreme” measures. (MM)