A popular device used to locate lost items such as a key or wallet, A report says that some Americans are using the bag to monitor their loved ones with dementia.
“The caregivers applied Apple’s tiny, $29 trackers after finding other methods of monitoring people with dementia are unsuitable or too expensive. Many tracking apps require people to have their phones with them. Caregivers say people with dementia can forget them when they leave the house. They tend to remember keys and wallets, but they were designed to stick AirTags. The Wall Street Journal reports
But public health officials say don’t watch people with dementia it’s ethically murky because some people don’t want to be tracked.
Some people who use AirTags say they lack the accuracy that can be useful in difficult situations.
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There are approximately 6.5 million Americans age 65 and older Alzheimer’s dementia according to 2022 Alzheimer’s Association. Alzheimer’s disease was officially listed as the sixth leading cause of death in the United States in 2019 and the seventh leading cause of death in 2020 and 2021, with COVID-19 among the top 10 causes of death.
“Just because someone is diagnosed with dementia doesn’t mean they can’t still make decisions for themselves,” Joseph Gogler, professor of long-term care and aging at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, told The WSJ. “They can and should be asked if everything is okay.”
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The idea does not fail either. AirTags do not have GPS.
“The AirTag sends a Secure Bluetooth signal so that nearby devices on the Find My network can detect it. These devices send the AirTag’s location to iCloud — and you can then access the Find My app and see it on a map,” Apple’s site says.
AirTags have been linked to criminals who use them for everything baggage theft so extreme you kill
“AirTag is designed to prevent unwanted tracking,” Apple says on its website.
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The Alzheimer’s Association may have a list of ways to reduce the risks of walking found here.
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