George Mason University (GMU) is looking for people with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and caregivers to participate in a study around wandering.
Benefits for participants:
Participants will receive free SmartSole devices and monitoring for one year and training to set them up. In addition to helping other individuals with AD and their families, a benefit may be additional protection for your loved one against getting lost and peace of mind for families and caregivers.
Why study wandering?
A significant number of people with dementia are at risk of wandering. These individuals may get hurt, cause distress to families and caregivers, and require costly search parties.
The goal is to study wandering among people with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) in order to better understand if technology can help in locating them, preventing harm, and lowering distress to the families.
What is needed of participants?
Participants and caregivers will be asked to:
- Complete an initial survey (10-15 minutes)
- Use provided GPS devices to record movement of person with Alzheimer’s Disease, by charging the devices and insert in shoes.
- Complete very short follow-up survey every 3 months/quarterly during the year.
- Report all incidents in which the participants were lost during the study.