The city of Halifax recently launched a pilot program to aide patients suffering from Alzheimer’s’ disease and other forms of dementia. According to Laipac Technology, the company issuing the service, the program is the first of its kind to launch in Canada and is a joint effort between Halifax Regional Police and the Alzheimer’s Society of Nova Scotia.
Currently in its pilot phase, the year-long project aims to recruit 10 participants 55 years and older who suffer from Alzheimer’s or other related diseases. The participant will be equipped with a Laipac S-911 HC bracelet that features built-in GPS technology. The device, manufactured by Laipac Technology Inc., will be able to provide real time tracking information on the whereabouts of an Alzheimer’s patient. The Halifax police will then be able to use this information to track and locate the missing individual.
Secondary benefits of the device include a shock sensor, capable of alerting authorities when the patient slips or falls. The device can also make voice calls to up to 14 phone numbers, including 4 quick-dial numbers, in the event of an emergency.
The pilot program is called Project S.O.F.T. (Satellite Option Finding Technology) Wear and interested participants can learn more about the program on the Alzheimer’s Society of Nova Scotia website.