Thinking about how far technology has advanced in the past 100 years is incredible. Innovators since the time of Tesla all the way up to Jobs have pushed the boundaries of technological innovation, and the benefactors have been the people of the world. Many of these items or devices have made our daily lives easier to navigate, but some have also made our lives safer. One of these products is a GPS watch that can be worn by seniors, and the real-time device is helping caregivers and family members better monitor elderly loved ones.
Personal freedom is something valued by every person. Having the ability to come and go as we shall choose gives people choice. Unfortunately for seniors in a fight against memory related illness, freedom is something that is often restricted due to wandering tendencies. Since many suffering with dementia will frequently wander off or become lost, caregivers and family members are forced to limit a senior's freedom. This can be very depressing for senior citizens, and make life feel much less enjoyable. However, GPS watches are alleviating family worry while giving seniors more freedom with the help of real-time locational data.
Fashioned to be worn in the wrist like a standard watch, GPS watches are small, lightweight and durable. They also come with a number if senior security features such as:
These features will send a warning if a senior falls, wanders away from a healthcare or senior living facility and allow family members to speak directly to the senior of they are lost (the watch acts like a cell phone). All a senior has to do is wear the GPS tracking system engineered in the form of a watch and the device will provide real-time info that can be viewed from any device with Internet connection, whether it be a phone, tablet or computer. Since data from GPS watches does not require any software of any kind, family members from different locations throughout the United States can access the positional info with nothing more than a password and username.
No product is perfect, and has great as GPS watches are, even they have some shortcomings. These shortcomings include the senior trackers not being waterproof, having somewhat limited battery life and the required presence of cellular communication networks. The reason water protection is important is because many families would prefer a tracker device a senior could wear in the shower or bath. Since a GPS watch such as the Senior GPS Bracelet only offers water-resistant capabilities, the elderly person wearing the unit would have to take the device off before they enter a shower or bath.
Battery life is another concern that many consumers have. Ideally, GPS watches would have extended battery life lasting months, but this is simply not the case. The reason is because the GPS watch is constantly receiving and transmitting data throughout the day, and needs to have a small enough battery to where it is not cumbersome for the person wearing the device. Although a internal-lithium ion battery is used in GPS watches (widely viewed as the most power efficient option), 40 hours is the average time a personal tracker device can operate before needing a charge.
The last shortcoming is cellular communication. Although this is not a concern for 95% of the population, those seniors living in very rural or mountainous areas might nit be able to use GPS watches because of this issue. Families need to check cellular coverage by the service provider before purchasing a GPS watch, especially if where the device is going to be used has a reputation for having poor cellular coverage. The reason cellular coverage is critical is because GPS watches gather locational data from satellites then transmit the info using cell towers. If no cell coverage is present, the tracker device will have no ability to send data. That means families won't be able to locate their loved ones.
GPS watches for seniors have some minor shortcomings, but the technology still has the ability to save the life of seniors who wander, fall or need immediate medical attention. And that is certainly a worthy investment.