Company Offers New Way To Track Missing Seniors
Utica, NY (WIBX) – Families with relatives suffering from Alzheimer’s disease will soon have a new way to keep track of them if they wander off. The Agence France Press reports that shoes with built-in GPS tracking devices are expected to hit the U.S. market this month. Manufacturer GTX Corporation says the shoes will sell for around 300 dollars a pair and will include a monitoring service able to locate lost seniors. The GPS is hidden in the shoe’s heel. It’s hoped that the device can help locate lost seniors before they suffer from dehydration, exposure or injury.
Earlier this year, New York State passed a similar measure to protect missing seniors. The “Gold Alert” bill–introduced by Senator John A. DeFrancisco, (R-I-C Syracuse)–will use the same method as the Amber Alert System to quickly disseminate information about missing seniors. The new law that was passed in June, went into effect in September.