Need Help-Please answer this Alzheimer poll...

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Date Joined Feb 2003
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   Posted 2/3/2003 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I am a student working on a project that deals with a tracking and medical monitoring of Alzheimer's patients. I am wondering if anyone has heard of such a product and/or if you think it would be useful and beneficial, or intrusive and unethical. The device can track location while monitoring blood pressure, heart rate, and if a person has fallen. The device automatically notifies emergency personnel if the user is in danger. Any feedback would be graetly appreciated. Thank you.

The poll question is:
What do you think about this device?

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Date Joined Mar 2003
Total Posts : 146
   Posted 3/31/2003 10:42 AM (GMT -6)   
I too do research studies that are involved with Alzheimer's. Although I do not know anyone currently affected by this disease, I do believe such a device would be very helpful for both the patient and their family members.

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Date Joined Apr 2003
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   Posted 4/12/2003 7:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I voted yes. Does that mean I can share in the bucks you are going to make with this:)
During your research, have you found anything anywhere that says one of the fist symptoms in Alzheimers is not being able to recognize yourself in the mirror??? Makes sense also.

Also is it true that an Alzheimers patient regresses to childhood, and are communicative skills best started right at the time of diagnosis?

I have a friend whose father is in the nursing home and he is still good at his numbers. So he uses the flash ccards with him on each visit.

Your tracking devise sounds great. But I would keep it off the boards for now. You don't want anyone stealing your idea. And a great idea at that.
Referring back to my friends father. He is as I said in a nursing home and he was found out on the main highway. Go for it girl. The greatest of luck.

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Date Joined Jun 2003
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   Posted 7/24/2003 11:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Novo

I think you have a great idea. My father passed away, but he had alzheimers and he had a terrible accident when he was alone. He tripped and fell in the bathtub, broke his nose, and was terribly bruised. My mother got home to find him in the tub and he couldn't get out. That is the last time he was ever left alone. It is a horrible and very sad illness.

Any idea that would give family members a more secure feeling would be a great relief even though it is very sad to watch.

The Best of Luck to you and your idea. You can benefit a lot of people and they will appreciate it more than you will ever know. I know this first hand and from a long time of experience.

It is great to know people who care. Thank you !!!!
You are not alone, Good luck everyone!!!!!


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Date Joined Jun 2003
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   Posted 9/9/2003 5:39 AM (GMT -6)   
My mother , who is now deceased, first showed signs of Alzheimers in late 1995. In 1996 my dad passed away and it became clear she needed help. The hospital in a larger city about 25 miles from her town operates a monitoring service for patients like her. She had a monitor on a necklace which she could push if she got into trouble. Also there was a monitor in her house and they checked on her everyday. Later in 1997 I saw a drawback to having a monitor on you if you are an Alzheimer's patient. You forget what it's for. But, it still gave me a greater sense of security knowing this was in her house and on her person.

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