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Fife trials dementia device

Fife trials dementia device
1st June 2009

Dementia sufferers in Fife are to trial a new device aimed at helping them enjoy safer and more independent lives.

Working with NHS Fife and Fife Police, the council's social work department is spearheading use of technology that can manage the risks associated with independent living.

The "safer walking" GPS device enables someone with early-stage dementia to get out and about with the confidence that a family carer can provide assistance when needed.

It means family members can keep track of where the person with dementia is at all times, allowing them to remain independent and giving carers peace of mind.

"We aim to help our more vulnerable residents do this by offering technology that can manage many of the risks associated with independent living," commented John Honeyman, training and marketing adviser with Fife Telecare Programme.

Last month, researchers in Australia unveiled a wristwatch capable of detecting the health of those with Parkinson's.

It will record symptoms throughout the day, which it is hoped can then be used in research for cures and treatments.

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