Dementia patients given GPS tracking in hospital test project

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Michael Platt, Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:07 AM ET

Three hundred missing persons investigations a year, all linked to Calgary hospitals and health facilities.

For city police, it’s a massive investment in terms of manpower and resources to find people who are often confused, scared and unable to remember where they are, or even where they belong.

Sometimes the search can be desperate: A senior, suffering dementia, who wanders outside in the bitter cold without a coat or winter clothing needs to be found immediately, but when Alzheimer’s and other cognitive impairments cloud the mind, a missing person’s fate is often a matter of luck and the goodwill of strangers.

In Calgary, GPS may soon reduce that search to a matter of minutes, no luck involved.


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