For people living with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, wandering is a common behavior. As a result, they may not be able to find their way back home and become lost. For caregivers, who are often family members, wandering can lead to stress as well as safety concerns as a person with Alzheimer’s disease who is lost for more than 12 hours has a 50% chance of being injured or dying. In fact, according to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada six out of 10 or, 450,000 Canadians, living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia will wander at least once.This is where Find'ur fits in.
Find'ur is a wearable locating technology which is a small chip using a beacon and geolocation service (GPS) to track and locate older adults with dementia who have wandered and gotten lost. The chip can be attached to any object like clothing items, glasses, or inside the heel of a shoe for example.
What is included with Findur!The Find'ur application provides:
How it works?
Wandering by the numbers
750,000 Canadians have Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias
6 in 10 people with dementia, or 450,000 Canadians, will wander at least once
1.4 million Canadians will have dementia by 2031 in the absence of a cure
900,000 of them will wander
$1,500 estimated per hour cost of a missing person search for a dementia wanderer
$33 billion cost per year to Canadian economy in dementia-related medical expenses and lost earnings
$293 billion cost per year to Canadian economy by 2040 if nothing changes.
Alzheimer Society of Canada