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Shoes with GPS Insole Lets You Track Patients with Dementia


We all know it’s challenging to worry for somebody with Alzheimer’s or dementia. In fact, you’ll be able to consider it a full-time job already. It can take only an instant of it slow to own accidents or losses. Did you recognize that an organization created shoes with GPS insole?

According to one study, 130 people with dementia went missing in Australia from 2011 to 2015. Of those, 71% were found alive, 20% were injured, and an extra 19% was unfortunately found deceased. Another study found that 60% of elderly with Alzheimer’s will ‘wander’ at some point.  That’s why SmartSole decided to make a shoe insole with a GPS tracker hidden inside. The insoles are slipped into the shoes of a loved one who suffers from Alzheimer’s and a built-in tracking chip with a cellular signal allows you to know exactly where they are.


Shoes with GPS Insole

According to the company’s website, shoes are a great item to track because Alzheimer’s or dementia sufferers will still remember to wear shoes when they start to wander. 

This system capitalizes on procedural memory,” the website explains, “which means even those with advanced memory disorders typically remember to wear shoes!”  

The website also states: “This is wearable technology that not only provides peace of mind but can also save lives while preserving the privacy and dignity of the wearer.” Other trackers, such as bracelets, are far more visible and patients may try to remove them. Insoles, on the other hand, are completely hidden. 



The insoles send a location update to a server every 5 or 10 minutes. That location data is put on a map that caregivers can access online or through the company’s mobile app, and if your loved one leaves an assigned area, you’ll be alerted by email and text along with their last known location. 

The insoles themselves cost $299 for the pair, with two monthly service plans that either update location every 5 or 10 minutes. It seems like a pretty small price for some peace of mind. 

The product has plenty of testimonials, with one reading: “She still wanders off but with the Smartsole, we can get to her before she reaches a busy road or a traffic area.” 

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