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The 5 Stages of Alzheimer’s and the Levels of Care Required

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The 5 Stages of Alzheimer's and the Levels of Care Required

Deciding on a course of care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s can be tough. The condition affects people in various ways, and progresses differently too.

As such, it’s important to know what to expect at each stage to be able to plan effectively.

To help you, we’ve gathered information on the five stages of Alzheimer’s and the level of care needed in each.

As we go over them, you’ll learn:

  • The symptoms that characterise each Alzheimer’s stage
  • The drug-free interventions that can slow Alzheimer’s
  • Why not all monitoring devices are effective for Alzheimer’s support

Stage 1 - Preclinical Alzheimer's

Alzheimer’s disease starts years before symptoms appear. This is called the preclinical stage, where individuals appear mentally healthy despite the onset of the condition.

At this point, detection is only possible via imaging technologies, which detect protein deposits called amyloid-beta ‘plaques’ in the brain; a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease.

As such, it’s especially important to have your loved ones tested early, before the age of 65. This allows for timely intervention with amyloid-lowering drugs that slow Alzheimer’s progression.

Testing will also help you determine if your loved one is genetically at risk of Alzheimer’s and give you ample time to prepare. You might need to draft attorney power instruments, prepare long-term health directives, and update important documents, so extra time is very useful!

Caring for Preclinical Alzheimer’s

If there is no amyloid protein development at this point, the level of care required is primary prevention.

This involves encouraging your loved ones to engage in activities associated with lowering their risk of developing dementia, such as:

  • Staying physically active
  • Staying connected to a network of family and friends
  • Maintaining a healthy diet
  • Cognitive exercise games
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Stage 2 - Mild Cognitive Impairment Due to Alzheimer’s

At this stage of Alzheimer’s, your loved one may start to develop slight, noticeable changes in memory and thinking.

In most cases, these cognitive changes are minor and not enough to affect work or relationships. They can pass for general age-related conditions such as forgetfulness.

Forgetting where keys have been placed or not being able to remember familiar names can be a sign, but they don’t necessarily signify an Alzheimer’s diagnosis.

You’ll need a professional review of the symptoms aided by brain imaging technologies to determine if the cognitive changes are indeed caused by Alzheimer’s.

Caring for Mild Cognitive Impairment Due to Alzheimer’s

Mild cognitive impairment care involves primary interventions, including:

  • Regular physical exercise: A recent study found that moderate-intensity physical training programs, such as walking, slow cognitive decline
  • Maintaining a low-fat, high-fruit and vegetable diet
  • Regular intake of omega-3 fatty acids
  • Intellectual stimulation through games and books
  • Social engagement: Between 35% to 85% of people experiencing cognitive impairment also have depression and anxiety and need a support system or friends and family

Stage 3 - Mild Dementia Due to Alzheimer's

Alzheimer’s is often clinically diagnosed during the mild dementia stage, when it’s clear to doctors and family that an individual has a serious problem with thinking and memory that affects their daily function.

At this stage, your loved one may experience:

  • Problem-solving difficulties: It becomes difficult to perform complex tasks, like balancing a chequebook, making a financial plan, or planning a family event.
  • Memory loss of recent events: Your loved one may experience difficulty remembering newly acquired information and keep repeating questions.
  • Getting lost and misplacing items: Even in familiar settings, they have difficulty recognizing their whereabouts and often misplace items, including valuables.
  • Personality changes: Individuals will withdraw from society or exhibit uncharacteristic emotions, such as irritability or anger.

Caring for Mild Dementia Due to Alzheimer’s

Individuals at this stage need speciality care but still remain largely independent. They stay engaged with their communities and hobbies and can even maintain a profession.

As such, care provision for these individuals focuses on their capabilities rather than taking over their day-to-day life.

For instance, their caregiver will help them develop a routine around their social and professional life. This routine may include prompts to take medications and reminders for important information and tasks they often forget.

Stage 4 - Moderate Dementia Due to Alzheimer’s

Moderate dementia patients are more confused and forgetful and need more help with their daily activities and self-care. For instance, they may wear the same clothing day after day unless reminded to change.

This stage lasts 1.5 years with the following symptoms:

  • Greater memory loss and cognitive decline: Your loved one may forget historic information, such as their phone number and physical address, and may make up stories about the past to fill gaps in memory.
  • Deepening confusion and poor judgement: Individuals at this stage lose their sense of time and place and begin to wander in search of familiar surroundings. This makes it crucial to have an action plan in place to avoid confusion and panic and speed up tracking. For instance, a plan including local authorities, tracking devices, and notes on the individual’s favourite places can be very helpful for finding a loved one that has wandered off.
  • Inability to perform daily tasks: Individuals at this stage will need help with personal activities such as grooming, proper dressing, and using the bathroom. Some lose control of their bowel movements and bladder.
  • Delusional thoughts: Individuals may develop unfounded suspicion that friends or family are plotting against them or stealing.

Caring for Moderate Dementia Due to Alzheimer’s

Individuals in this stage of moderate dementia require long-term care. This involves greater responsibility for daily routines and safety.

For instance, more than 60% of dementia patients wander with consequences ranging from high search and rescue costs to serious injury or death.

As such, the carer must go beyond keeping track of medication and provide meaningful activities and routines to prevent wandering. Essentially, the carer takes over the individual’s responsibility for daily life.

Care provision at this stage also involves constant monitoring through mobile devices, such as trackers. However, your loved one must feel comfortable for monitoring devices to work.

For instance, check out this discrete, multicolour tracker by TechSilver that comfortably blends in with any outfit. Unlike average brands, TechSilver ensures its devices look natural to remove the stigma surrounding monitoring devices and encourage acceptance.

Notice how its design does not scream “monitoring device.” Instead, it has a stylish pendant look that fits with any outfit.

discrete GPS tracker by TechSilver

Your loved one will barely notice this tracker when worn as a necklace or keyring while you and your family check up on them via a free cross-platform application that’s more effective than a website.

Normal tracking devices require use of the company’s website for tracking, which is slower and more limiting than an app.

tracking app by TechSilver

Stage 5 - Severe Dementia Due to Alzheimer’s

In this late stage of Alzheimer’s, an individual’s mental function continues to decline, eventually impacting movement and physical capabilities.

With this decrease in physical activity, 40% of people progressively develop contractures. These are irreversible deformities that limit joint movement.

As a result, severe dementia patients will require assistance with personal care activities and moving about.

Caring for Severe Dementia Due to Alzheimer’s

Severe dementia requires hospice care, which involves easing symptoms and preventing risks.

For instance, as contractures continue to develop, one of the most frequent causes of injury and death is delayed response to a fall because the accident went undetected.

This makes fall detectors important caring tools. This fall alarm for the elderly by TechSilver can detect hard falls with ease.

Fall Alarm For Elderly

With an easy to wear fall detecting bracelet and a manual SOS option, you can have greater peace of mind in knowing your loved one is able to get help in the event of an unexpected fall.

The following table summarises the five stages of Alzheimer’s and the level of care required at each stage.

StageLevel Of Care
PreclinicalPrimary care
Mild cognitive impairmentPrimary care
Mild dementiaSpecialty care
Moderate dementiaLong-term care
Severe dementiaHospice care

Reliable Care That’s Always Available

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At TechSilver, we’re great believers in “Later life matters,” and realise the importance of your elderly loved ones living independently and at home for as long as possible.

This is why our range of care devices comes with fast customer service support so you can rest easy knowing your loved ones are safe, and that their care devices are in working order.

We’re available through live chat, email, and telephone, seven days a week, where an actual person will directly respond to any issue you’re having within an hour.

It’s also worth noting that none of our devices require a set-up fee. All we charge is a small monthly subscription fee that covers mobile data charges, calling fees, and access to the operating software.

Visit us today to learn more about how our devices will help your loved ones stay independent.

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Dementia Care: A Buyers Guide for Reliable GPS Keyring Trackers​

Dementia Care: A Buyers Guide for Reliable GPS Keyring Trackers​

If your loved one lives with dementia, ensuring their safety wherever they are is essential. It’s possible for them to wander off, get into life-threatening accidents, or even get lost on familiar routes. That’s why you need to invest in dementia care tech like GPS keyring trackers.

A reliable GPS keyring tracker will help you:

  • Identify your loved one’s precise, real-time location, whether they’re lost or at home
  • Set up geofences to know whenever your loved one leaves the safe zone or takes too long to get back
  • Communicate with your loved one and act quickly whenever they’re lost

Since your loved one’s safety and wellbeing will greatly depend on the keyring tracker you choose, here’s a guide to help you pick a reliable one:

Tracking Capabilities

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The best GPS keyring trackers will allow you to accurately track the location of your loved one quickly and easily. They need to also allow for constant updates on their location.

An ideal tracker will ensure that you can customise location updates to meet your specific needs, whether you require hourly or by-the-minute updates.

The table below displays the relationship between the frequency of location updates and battery life and provides the best use scenario for each.

Frequency of UpdatesBattery LifeBest Scenario
60 seconds2–3 daysIf you want to be alerted as soon as your loved one has left a safe zone
10 minutes3–4 daysIf you want to receive regular updates on your loved one’s location
60 minutes
5+ days
When you want to receive updates but you’re not sure if the device will be charged regularly

Since you’ll want to give your loved one some flexibility and independence to move around, get a keyring tracker that’ll help you set up a geofence.

A geofence is a virtual fence that creates a boundary around the areas you expect your loved one to be, whether it be their home or another familiar location.

Whenever your loved one leaves the area under the geofence, you’ll receive an alert. This ensures that you can start looking for them if they take too long to get back to the designated areas.

Even more importantly, pick keyring trackers that allow you to access their location history. People living with dementia tend to form a pattern based on the places they visit. If your loved one is ever lost, you can use this location history data to find them.

Lastly, ensure that the GPS keyring tracker comes with a user-friendly dashboard, from which you can evaluate your loved one’s location. Look for trackers that come with mobile apps, since these will be easier to use.

TechSilver’s keyring trackers check all these boxes. Our devices enable you to track your loved ones’ locations in real time and access their location history. You can also use them to set up multiple geofences for an easier time tracking your loved one’s whereabouts.

Thanks to our easy-to-use mobile app, you can set up by-the-minute to hourly location updates to always know where your loved one is. Best of all, our app allows multiple authorised people to track your loved one’s location at no extra fee.

Are you still trying to figure out how to help a loved one with dementia? Our dementia care guide will walk you through how to help them whenever they start wandering.

Incentives for Use

The best GPS keyring trackers will incentivise your loved one to use them. They are small and light, blend in easily with the items they use daily, and are appealing to look at.

Most importantly, reliable trackers are easy to use, considering that people living with dementia won’t always have the capacity to learn how to use complex devices.

Our keyring trackers are pocket-sized, light, and easy to integrate into the user’s lifestyle. They are also colourful, which could make your loved one feel younger and protect them from feeling stigmatised about their age.

Lastly, learning how to use our keyring trackers to send out SOS alerts or respond to calls is very simple. Users can easily spot our SOS button. As for caregivers, our comprehensive setup guide and reliable customer support will help you navigate any issues you might have.

the best GPS keyring trackers will incentivise your loved one to use them

Durability and Reliability

TechSilver's GPS Keyring tracker

When you’re relying on a device to help keep your loved one safe, the worst thing that can happen is for it to fail. You’ll want to buy a GPS keyring tracker that can work in multiple conditions.

Look for waterproof keyring trackers if possible, which safeguard against the potential risk of damage to the tracker if it comes into contact with water (i.e. in the shower or bath).

Ensure that the keyring tracker you pick is also rugged. This consideration ensures that they can take a beating during everyday use or when your loved one is lost. Lastly, pick keyring trackers that have a long battery life, especially if your loved one will easily forget to charge them.

Our GPS keyring tracker has a battery life of up to five days, which ensures that you never miss an update on your loved one’s location. We’ve also made them rugged and, depending on the device, either fully waterproof or highly water resistant to withstand everyday use.

Communication Capabilities

TechSilver's SOS feature

Pick trackers that allow two-way communication between you and your loved one. Having the ability to communicate with your loved one in real-time can introduce some efficiency into your search and rescue efforts. It will also allow you to listen in on their environment for clues on where you can find them.

The tracker needs to also feature an SOS button, which your loved one can click to reach out to you.

TechSilver’s GPS keyring trackers allow two-way communication and have a designated SOS button. Whenever your loved one is lost, they’ll just press the button and a call will be automatically directed to you or any other person listed as an emergency contact.

Authorised people can also call your loved ones, and their calls are answered automatically. Your loved one won’t have to worry about knowing how to answer the call.

Customer Support

You might have trouble setting up your tracking device or even accessing location data. That’s why it’s important to buy a GPS keyring tracker whose provider will support you all the way, from purchase to everyday use.

Most importantly, look for providers with a responsive customer support team. If your loved one is ever lost, the responsiveness of the customer support team could be the difference between finding them quickly and them being exposed to a dangerous environment for too long.

At TechSilver, we take customer support seriously, helping you every step of the way. In fact, our team’s responsiveness is among the many reasons why most people choose us.

Here’s what Sarah had to say about our customer support team:

“I was looking for a tracker for my husband who suffers from Alzheimer’s. After-service care was very supportive. No question was too much trouble… especially when not tech-savvy!”

Cost

The cost of GPS keyring trackers for dementia care can be classified into three types. These are the cost of the device, the cost of setting it up, and the subscription for other services.

High costs aren’t always reflective of the effectiveness of a GPS keyring tracker or the customer support you’ll receive. Look beyond the price tag.

To ensure you’re getting enough support, focus on:

  • The level of commitment of the customer support team
  • The battery life of the devices
  • The features of the devices like geofencing and real-time location updates
  • The device’s ease of use

When you choose TechSilver, you’ll only have to think about the cost of the device and the subscription fee. We have a comprehensive setup video and resources that negates the need for a setup fee. Our customer support team are also UK-based and available 7 days a week to respond to any concerns you have.

Signing up for a subscription allows you to access the GPS keyring tracker’s mobile data and phone-calling function, reliable customer support, and our GPS tracking app. Unlike most other providers, you don’t have to sign a contract with us and can cancel whenever you want.

If you don’t love our device or service within the first 30 days, we’ll offer you a full refund with a free return if you’ve purchased a tracker with our Moneyback Trial.

Keep Your Loved Ones Safe

It’s worrying to see that your parents need your help, but you can’t be with them every single second of the day. A GPS keyring tracker allows you to enjoy the best of both worlds—keep tabs on your parents and show up to your daily commitments peacefully.

As long as the tracker you choose is reliable, you’ll give your loved one some independence and ensure their safety.

At TechSilver, we provide you with tech solutions that can enable your loved ones to navigate their later life safely and independently. Contact us today to learn more about how our devices can help you out.

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4 Practical Gifts for People With Dementia That They’ll Love

Practical Gifts for People With Dementia

4 Practical Gifts for People With Dementia That They’ll Love

Caring for a loved one with dementia is a great way to express your love, but giving them a practical and thoughtful gift they’ll enjoy makes them feel even more special.

In the past, getting the best gift was a challenge, especially as dementia progressed and options dwindled, requiring you to exercise a lot of creativity and selectivity.

But not anymore.

Today, companies like TechSilver focus solely on providing support and comfort to the elderly, ensuring they live as comfortably as possible, even when diagnosed with conditions like dementia.

This has made picking dementia-related gifts fun and rewarding, especially if you know what to look out for. That is:

  • Choosing stage-appropriate gifts. If they’re in the earlier stages of dementia, pick a gift that stimulates the mind and encourages socialisation like the GrandPad Tablet. But for the middle and final stages, get a gift with sensory stimulation like a Motion Sensor Night Light.
  • Pick items that relate to their old interests, hobbies, or career. For instance, if they love singing, a Music Player with their favourite songs will boost their mood.
  • Choose items that still allow them to maintain a sense of independence. A Talking Reminder Clock, for instance, helps them carry out regular activities like drinking water and eating on their own.

Even with dementia, your loved one can still enjoy the activities they did in the past. TechSilver has many fun and engaging gifts, such as devices that soothe agitation and reduce anxiety, activities which give a sense of accomplishment, and so much more.

Below are a few gift ideas your loved one with dementia will enjoy and find useful. But above all, remember that the best gifts you can give them are love, time, and affection.

1 - A Clear, Visible Large Calendar Clock

In the earlier stages of dementia, patients will most likely lose track of times and dates, and as the condition advances, they’ll find it more difficult to differentiate between day and night.

The following table shows different stages of dementia and their common signs.

Dementia StageSigns

Stage 1

(Cognitive Impairment)

  • Person appears normal and can cover up memory lapses

Stage 2

(Early Stages)

  • Complaints of memory deficits, e.g. misplacing items and forgetting names
  • Lose track of time and dates
  • Mood swings or agitations

Stage 3

(Middle Stages)

  • Getting lost when travelling to unfamiliar spaces
  • Decreased productivity at work
  • Person begins forgetting names and some words
  • Person may experience some form of anxiety

Stage 4

(Late Stages)

  • Forgetting personal history
  • Trouble finishing tasks
  • Anxiety
  • Difficulties eating, swallowing, and drinking
  • Wandering
  • No short-term memory
  • Some long-term memory, if any

This memory loss as the stages advance can be extremely frustrating and cause missed appointments, forgotten medications, and skipped meals, all of which compromise your loved one’s health.

TechSilver’s Calendar Clock is an ideal gift for anyone with dementia since it helps them remain organised and keep track of their time. The digital clock displays the day, time, and date on its large 8″ screen, clear enough even for aged seniors and those with visual impairments.

With this large dementia calendar clock, you’ll reduce your loved one’s confusion and anxiety associated with being unable to tell the time and date. The clock also contains medication reminders, helping your loved one keep time, and comes in 8 different languages, making it an ideal gift even for your multilingual friends.

Even better, the calendar clock doubles up as a digital photo frame. It has an SD card slot, so you can load up family photos and display them to bring a sense of comfort and familiarity to the your loved one with dementia.

2 - A Simplified Tablet for Seniors

A recent study reported that tablet devices, just like art, music, and similar therapies, effectively reduce dementia symptoms like agitation without the need for medication.

But a tablet has an added advantage because it’s more flexible and versatile. It allows the switch from app to app, seamlessly modifying the free therapy to suit every dementia patient’s need—sharing photos with friends and family, browsing, listening to the radio, playing games, and reading news.

TechSilver’s GrandPad Tablet is an excellent gift for seniors with dementia. Contrary to normal phones and tablets that are becoming increasingly confusing for those with dementia (causing further isolation), the GrandPad Tablet is simple, easy to use, and created specifically for seniors, with many relevant apps for their age.

Related: Apps For Older People – Guide to Apps for Elderly

The tablet aims to make the elderly feel more independent and in control of their lives. It boasts a myriad of features:

  • 18+ FREE Games & Puzzles to keep the dementia patients engaged
  • A clear camera to take photos and videos and share with loved ones
  • Access to news and articles to keep up with the trends
  • A simple and easy-to-use interface for any age and ability
  • A global weather that shows weather in different family’s locations

The GrandPad Tablet is also an excellent way for the dementia patient to stay in touch with their loved ones and prevent loneliness and isolation, which can damage their health just like smoking 15 cigarettes per day.

Once integrated with other family members’ smartphones, loved ones can communicate with the dementia patient anytime and anywhere through phone and video calls, zoom meetings, sharing photos and videos, and a family social network app (companion app), all included in the tablet.

“GrandPad is outstanding. It has been a lifeline for my 94 year old mum and us, her family across the UK.”
Roger

3 - Dementia Tracker GPS Necklace

Wandering is a serious concern for caregivers of dementia patients who worry that their loved ones may get lost, become frightened, or end up in dangerous situations, like on a busy road.

(Download our free guide on controlling and preventing dementia wandering here)

Luckily, TechSilver provides solutions to address dementia wandering and keep your loved ones safe and secure. One way we achieve this is through GPS tracking, a modern technology that accurately pinpoints an individual’s location in any part of the world.

The Dementia Tracker Necklace lets a dementia patient maintain an independent lifestyle while giving you peace of mind, knowing you can still locate them should they wander or get lost.

Here’s what it does:

  • It alerts you whenever your loved one has left a safe location.
  • The inbuilt map helps you locate them as fast as possible when they wander or get lost.
  • It helps you get the help they need much more rapidly
  • It helps trace their movements in the past (provides up to 3 months of location history).
  • The tracker has a personal SOS button, which, when pressed, will send you a notification and trigger a phone call, alerting you of an emergency.

Most GPS trackers in the market are large and obtrusive, sometimes causing stigma. Our Dementia Tracker Necklace, on the contrary, is small, portable, and discreet. With a compact size and a light weight of 20g, the GPS tracker can be worn to any place with ease, as a necklace, a keyring or with a lanyard attachment.

“Bought the GPS key ring for my mother. So far it’s been very accurate and does everything it says.”
Karen T

If your dementia patient is not a big fan of necklaces or keyrings, we have many other options for you. From Waterproof Extra-Long Lasting Battery Trackers to discreet Dementia Tracker Insoles, you’ll indeed find a tracker that suits your needs.

Read our ultimate guide to GPS tracking to find the best tracker for your loved one.

4 - A Simple and Easy to Use Music Player

Music is one of the greatest assets to dementia patients. Research suggests that singing and listening to music is a powerful therapy with behavioural and emotional benefits to dementia patients.

The musical memories of loved ones with dementia are preserved since the disease hardly damages the key areas in the brain linked to music. This makes music players a special and practical gift because listening to their favourite classics can stir good memories and have powerful effects on the brain and body.

TechSilver’s Simple Music Player deliberately mimics the function associated with record players from the era in which most dementia patients grew up. This makes it easy to use for the elderly, as opposed to modern music players, which they may find difficult to navigate.

To play their music, they’ll only need to lift the gadget’s lid, and close it if they want to stop the music. To change the music or go to the next track, they’ll press the only button on the gadget.

The simple player can play any audio file converted to the MP3 format and added through the USB cable that comes with the device. If you’re having trouble converting any file to this format, our team of experts is here to help.

Expert Tip: The music player will not just benefit seniors diagnosed with dementia. As a caregiver, music helps reduce anxiety and stress, lighten your mood, and connect with dementia patients, especially if they have difficulty communicating.

the musical memories

Surprise Your Loved One Today With a Gift They’ll Love

Getting a practical gift for your loved one may seem challenging, especially as dementia progresses, but these 4 practical gifts will surely tickle their fancy. 

At TechSilver, we believe technology is key to improving the elderly’s lifestyle. Thanks to smart devices like GPS trackers and simple tablets, our seniors can live as independently as possible, regardless of health conditions like dementia. 

So support dementia patients today and improve the quality of their lives with these and other practical gifts that will encourage interactions, prevent isolation, and promote safety. Contact us for further inquiries, and we’ll get back to you in no time at all.

“Couldn’t have asked for a better product or better customer service. Would definitely order from this company again.”
Lin M

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4 Things You Must Know Before Buying a GPS Tracker for Dementia

Must Know Before Buying a GPS Tracker for Dementia

4 Things You Must Know Before Buying a GPS Tracker for Dementia

Loved ones living with dementia often experience problems with their cognition and comprehension, which causes them to “wander” and forget familiar places. This causes stress for caregivers and loved ones, as they can’t be there all the time to keep an eye on the senior living with dementia.

A GPS location device can be used to track and identify the location of patients living with dementia if they’re lost or if there’s concern over their whereabouts.

Buying a GPS tracking device has a number of advantages for you as the caregiver and for your loved one living with dementia. For instance, it:

  • Offers you peace of mind when you’re away from your loved one
  • Allows your senior loved one to retain their independence 
  • Helps them feel safe when they forget where they are
  • Helps maintain a good quality of life by keeping them at home instead of in a care home

When buying a GPS tracker for dementia care, you need to know that not all GPS trackers are created equally.

GPS trackers differ in terms of features, with some differing also in their reliability and accuracy.

At TechSilver, we understand you want the best when it comes to your loved one. Here, we’ll equip you with what you need to look out for before buying a GPS tracker.

1 - Frequent and Accurate Location Updates

Frequent and accurate location updates are the most essential features in a GPS tracking device.

If the device can’t track the exact location of your loved one, they can get lost or wander off into a potentially dangerous situation.

This means that their safety is not assured and neither is your peace of mind.

When you set out to buy a GPS tracking device, ensure that it updates the location as frequently as possible and that it also shows an accurate location of your loved one when outdoors.

It’s also essential that the GPS tracking device gives location history, allowing you to play back their route. This will allow you to see where they’ve been on past dates and establish a pattern of their movements in case they go missing.

Our experts here at TechSilver have created a Waterproof GPS tracking device for dementia care that gives rapid location updates in intervals of 1, 10, and 60 minutes.

As the caregiver, you can remotely decide the update frequency and change it as you wish.

This will help you know the whereabouts of your loved one at all times, assuring their safety and eliminating all stress and worry related to them getting lost.

You can also download a free PDF that explains the causes of wandering and how to cope with it.

2 - Multiple Wearing Options

A GPS tracker can be lost or forgotten at home, which defeats the whole purpose of buying one. That’s why you must ensure that it’s easily wearable and your loved one has it with them throughout the day.

Sometimes, seniors living with dementia will refuse to wear their GPS tracking devices as they make them feel stigmatised, or possibly self conscious.

This can be agonising for caregivers, as they have no way of tracking them when they disappear.

Look out for the following features when buying a GPS tracking device to ensure your loved one wears it comfortably all the time:

  • Small and discreet design
  • Can be worn in a way in which they’ll keep it on (i.e. as a keyring, necklace or watch)
  • Lightweight

At TechSilver, our GPS trackers for dementia care are built so that they look nothing like other GPS trackers. They’re stylish and discreet, which encourages the dementia patient to keep them on.

This is unlike other GPS trackers on the market that make dementia patients feel embarrassed and marginalised, causing them to reject the devices.

We have a wide range of discreet solutions, including GPS Tracking Insoles that can be put into a senior’s shoes to help keep track of their movements.

The insoles are water-resistant and easy to fit. They also have a smart feature that allows you to get alerts on mobile and PC. 

Discreet GPS tracking devices for dementia are more likely to be worn and make a crucial difference when it comes to the safety of your loved one.

3 - Emergency Distress/SOS Alerts

When your loved one needs urgent help or when they leave their safe zone, a good GPS tracking device for dementia is often able to alert you immediately.

This will help you spring into action and seek help for your loved one, or go to their location and pick them up before they get into a dangerous situation.

For example, some of our GPS trackers for dementia care have the following special features:

  • Emergency SOS button: When your loved one presses the button, it alerts you on your mobile phone proactively.
  • Geo-Fences: When the senior crosses or enters these safe zones, you’ll be alerted, allowing you to find them before they get lost.
  • Two-way SOS calls: This allows you to listen to your loved one’s surroundings and will enable you to keep them calm and assure them you’re on the way.

Remember, most GPS devices from TechSilver come with a free app (Android & iOS) or tracking platform. You can sync the app with your mobile phone to see the exact location of your loved one.

4 - Long Battery Life

One of the most challenging things about GPS trackers is the small battery that results in a short-lived battery life.

This can limit the effectiveness of the GPS tracking device if it goes off and doesn’t offer alerts when your loved one is alone and in need of help.

Thanks to advancements in technology, a battery can be small in size but still have an extra-long battery life. This is why you must enquire about the battery life of a GPS tracking device before you buy one.

If your senior loved one lives alone then they may not be able to charge it every day, so the battery life of their tracker is of paramount importance.

With a long-lasting battery, you won’t need to charge your device as often, meaning less inconvenience for you, your family and any other caregivers.

TechSilver has a wide range of tracking devices, with many boasting long-lasting battery life and some lasting anywhere between several weeks to several months.

This means that there is no likelihood of the device turning off when your loved one is out there alone if you have purchased one suitable for your charging pattern.

Our latest tracker, the Waterproof Dementia Tracker GPS Keyring, also comes with an easy-to-use charging dock, which can be operated easily by a senior with shaky hands.

Expert Tip: When you buy a tracking device for dementia care, ensure the company you buy it from offers excellent customer support. They must be able to offer assistance when you’re facing any challenges with the device.

Here’s what one customer had to say about our customer service:

“Outstanding customer service

Louisa bent over backwards to help me get the right product and to set it up for me as quickly as possible.”
Paul F – Verified Customer – 5 Star Review

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Get a Reliable GPS Tracker From TechSilver

At TechSilver, we have created and sourced a big selection of different tracking devices for dementia care. This is because we value seniors and we understand the need to keep them in a home environment, living independently, for as long as possible.

There are several choices with various features that you can choose from, as shown in the table below.

GPS DeviceSpecial Features
Necklace GPS Tracker
  • Beautiful necklace design
  • Up to 5-day battery life
  • Water resistant
Waterproof GPS Tracker
  • Fully waterproof (safe in showers)
  • Average 10-22 days battery life
  • Can be used as keyring
GPS Insoles
  • Discreet and worn inside the shoe
  • Highly accurate locations on mobile and PC
  • Likely to be worn and not left in the house
Small GPS Keyring Tracker
  • No monthly fee – pay as you go
  • Discreet and buttonless
  • Great for belts or collars

All of our GPS trackers come with a free app or tracking website. This will allow you to receive rapid location updates on your phone at custom intervals.

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4 Honest Benefits of GPS Trackers for Patients With Dementia

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4 Honest Benefits of GPS Trackers for Patients With Dementia

GPS trackers have numerous benefits for patients living with dementia, such as:

  • Allowing them to keep their independence for longer
  • Helping you quickly locate them if they wander
  • Improving their confidence and general quality of life

GPS trackers give you peace of mind, but there’s no point in buying one if your loved one won’t wear it.

Most GPS devices only come in a single colour and have stigmatising designs that make your loved ones look and feel old. However, we’ve designed our devices to be stylish and blend in with the wearer’s look.

For example, our keyring GPS tracker comes in multiple colours and can be worn as a bag clip, necklace, or lanyard.

It’s a beautiful accessory that your loved one won’t feel embarrassed about wearing.

It’s also lightweight, discrete, and has excellent tracking features to help you keep your loved one living with dementia safe.

1 - Maintain Their Independence

elderly couple enjoying the outdoors

A 2015 Norwegian study that assessed the uses of GPS trackers for individuals with dementia concluded that:

  • Participants with mild dementia appreciated their freedom to continue their outdoor activities, thanks to GPS trackers.
  • Patients with dementia viewed GPS devices as less intrusive than physical or chemical restraints.

GPS trackers can prolong the freedom of your loved ones and allow them to go outdoors, meet up with their friends, or go shopping on their own. These activities directly relate to your loved one’s dignity, self-confidence, and sense of purpose.

We compiled the table below to give you an idea of how long your loved ones can expect to use GPS trackers.

How Long Dementia Patients Used GPS TrackersPercentage (Out of 208 Patients)
Up to a year50%
Up to 2 years23%
More than 2 years12%

You’ll be happy to know that many patients living with dementia will agree to wear tracking devices to feel more confident, independent, and to reassure their loved ones.

gps tracker can prolong the freedom

2 - Keep Them Safe

TechSilver’s GPS trackers can help keep your loved one’s safe via their geofencing capabilities, active tracking properties, and additional features, including:

  • Location History: You can view up to 3 months of location history with our tracker and discover the movement patterns of your loved one. It’s helpful to know where they’ve been, so you know where to start looking if they go missing.
  • Tracking App: Check where your loved one is at any time using our iOS/Android tracking app.
  • Long Battery Life: The battery in our keyring tracker can last for more than 5 days.

We also provide easy-to-follow set-up videos and have a reliable service team that’s available 7 days a week to answer all of your questions.

“Excellent product and customer service. Always someone at hand to offer support and clarify any doubts. Can’t recommend enough!”
Luiza R, UK

If you’re worried about your loved one forgetting, damaging, or losing their tracker:

  • Take advantage of their habits: If they like to wear a watch, a necklace, or a bracelet, get them a tracker that looks like their favourite jewellery or accessory.
  • Introduce the tracker as soon as possible: Discuss the possibility of wandering after the diagnosis of dementia and get a tracker for your loved one as soon as possible, so that they can develop the habit of wearing it.
  • Install a locking clasp: This makes it impossible, or at least difficult, for a person with dementia to take off the tracker.
  • Track items they are least likely to forget: You can install TechSilver’s GPS-enabled tracker insoles into their shoes because they’re easy to fit, unobstructive, and water-resistant.
  • Buy versatile and discrete products: Our keyring tracker can also be worn as a necklace or lanyard, and it comes in a range of colours to match different outfits.
  • Buy a waterproof tracker: Our newest tracker is waterproof and dust-resistant, so it’s less likely to be damaged if your loved one goes out in rough weather.

Expert Tip: If your loved ones with dementia wander (with or without their tracker), it’s always wise if you know how to help.

3 - Reduce Search Time

Scheduling early evening activities that are familiar and calming, such as reading or taking a walk, can help prevent restless behaviour at night.

The right evening activity can also help your loved ones expend any excess energy, so that they’re more likely to sleep through the night. However, avoid over stimulating activities, such as watching a movie or going to a crowded restaurant in the hours just before bed.

It may also help to provide a nightlight and leave a lamp on in their room or hallway. This can offer reassurance and make it easier for your loved one to find their way back to bed.

Verbal reassurance can also be helpful. For instance, you might say something like, “I’ll be right back,” or “I’ll check on you in a few minutes.”

Before GPS trackers, caregivers had to organise search parties and perhaps even involve the police or rescue services whenever a loved one wandered. Today, most GPS trackers provide you with a website you can use to track your loved ones. However, websites aren’t always mobile-friendly or as easy to access as phone apps.

With GPS trackers from TechSilver, you can use our tracking app to find a wandering loved one in the shortest time possible.

  • Our app is supported on both iOS and Android
  • It allows you to track your loved ones from anywhere
  • There’s no limit to the number of users that can enter the app at once

You’ll also find that some trackers only work by alerting a call centre, which then notifies you of the emergency.

TechSilver eliminates the need for a third-party monitoring centre. When pressed, the SOS button on our trackers will send a notification to you and trigger a phone call in seconds. The device will automatically answer, and you can reassure your loved ones that you’re keeping an eye on them and that help is on the way.

Finally, our GPS devices have very accurate tracking systems that make the search process much easier for you. In case your loved one wanders, you can be sure that you’ll find them in the exact location indicated on our tracking app.

“Bought the GPS key ring for my mother. So far it’s been very accurate… and the customer service was great.”
Karen T, UK

4 - Improve Their Quality of Life

seniors having fun

Wandering among people living with dementia can be a key factor in necessitating transfer to a 24-hour care facility that imposes strict restrictions on their movements.

However, the freedom of going outdoors keeps your loved ones exercised and socially active. Moving around can also help them reduce restlessness, anxiety, and boredom.

A 2019 study published in Research Gate observed the following responses on the effect of GPS trackers on patients living with dementia:

  • Wearing a GPS tracker increased the frequency of independent outdoor activities among patients living with dementia.
  • People living with dementia experience a greater sense of freedom when wearing a GPS tracker.

With more freedom to move around, your loved ones can maintain their normal routine for longer. They’ll go outside with confidence, knowing that you can instantly track them in case of an emergency.

While GPS trackers can’t protect your loved ones living with dementia from dangers such as traffic and bad weather, they can help you find them faster and mitigate the risk of harm from wandering.

GPS trackers will also help to reduce your anxiety as a caregiver, improving your quality of life.

Keep Your Peace of Mind With GPS Trackers

GPS trackers are the way to go to keep your loved ones at home for longer and ensure they maintain their autonomy and confidence. Features such as active tracking and geofencing will also help you ensure their safety and keep your peace of mind.

However, with so many GPS trackers for dementia patients, it’s important that you pick a stylish, discrete, and versatile tracker that won’t stigmatise the wearer.

TechSilver’s team is available 7 days a week to help you provide the best care for your loved ones living with dementia.

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What Are the Seven Warning Signs of Dementia?

Dementia can affect people differently, and each patient shows symptoms in their own way.

However, there are a few common symptoms that they will most likely experience, especially in the early stages of the condition. 

These symptoms can start mild and can gradually get more severe as time goes on. It's often termed "mild cognitive impairment" (MCI), as the symptoms are not severe enough to be diagnosed as dementia.

Dementia is not a natural part of ageing. It is very important that you talk to your GP if you or your loved ones are showing any signs of cognitive impairment.

Memory Loss 

The most common symptom of dementia is memory loss. This is because dementia is caused by damage to the brain, and this damage can affect areas of the brain involved in creating and retrieving memories.

It is completely normal to occasionally forget appointments, people’s names or where you put your car keys, only to remember a short while later. However, for dementia patients this can be much more persistent, and can affect their day to day life greatly. They may find themselves forgetting things much more often, and having more difficulty eventually remembering these things down the line. 

This can be difficult to deal with for both the person themselves and for people around them.

Wandering 

Dementia can often lead to losing track of dates, seasons and even the passage of time for the person living with the condition. Sometimes they may forget where they are or how they got there, leading them to become lost or confused about their location. This can happen at any stage during the disease. 

According to the dementia society, 6 in 10 people living with dementia will wander at least once; many do so repeatedly. This can cause a massive strain on those taking care of them as the worry of not knowing where they are or where they are going can be stressful.

Difficulty Completing Tasks

People living with dementia often find it hard to complete daily tasks, such as taking daily medication or making a cup of tea. This difficulty with completing familiar tasks could happen wherever they are without any warning and can become increasingly frustrating for them, contributing to angry outbursts and much more stress.

Issues with Speaking or Writing 

They may find themselves having issues following or joining a casual conversation, stopping in the middle of a sentence, repeating themselves regularly or struggling with basic vocabulary. This might begin with forgetting the name of a common object such as a watch, or getting them confused entirely, for example calling a ‘watch’ a ‘hand clock’.

Poor Judgement 

An individual with dementia’s judgement and reasoning can be heavily impacted depending on how far the condition has progressed. A person living with dementia may have issues with their perception also. For instance, they may not recognise a medical problem that needs attention, or be unable to correctly prepare for the day’s temperature (for example, leading to them wearing heavy clothing on a hot day). This is usually the first indicator that a patient may be beginning to suffer from memory loss.  

Changes in Mood

It is common to feel down or moody from time to time, but when these feelings are happening more often it can indicate that something deeper is going on. Dementia patients often experience mood swings, switching from calmness to tears to anger for no apparent reason. This can be due to many reasons, such as frustration in their loss of abilities, to sometimes feeling scared or confused. Mood swings can also be a signal that the individual is in pain.

Loss of Initiative

It isn’t uncommon for dementia sufferers to seem uninterested in friends, family or their favourite activities. While many of us can admit to feeling bored of mundane daily activities, such as housework, we can usually force ourselves to regain the initiative. A person with dementia may become passive and distant and could require a lot more coercion to become more involved in an activity or task.

Conclusion

There are many symptoms of dementia, as the condition is wide, varied, and often different for each person living with it. If you or a loved one is experiencing any of the above symptoms, it’s always best to speak to your GP and get a check-up to make sure everything is ok!

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Making Your Home Dementia Friendly

For someone with dementia, living at home can help them to maintain a certain level of independence, whilst also offering a level of comfort a care home doesn’t.

By making some minor changes to the home you can create a safer space, whilst still maintaining a physically active and mentally stimulating environment 

In this article, we are going to be talking about how you can adapt your property to assist people with dementia who want to remain living at home and for friends and family members who are supporting them.

Lighting

Adequate lighting not only makes sense in terms of being able to see properly, but it can also aid in keeping track of time and understanding where you are in your home. Allowing natural light to shine through windows helps the person living with dementia to more clearly see the difference between night and day. Better lighting eliminates dark areas and shadows too, which can be a big trip hazard. Dimmer switches and motion sensor lights are also a great way to control the level of light to suit personal preference.

Tips:

  • Remove obstructive blinds or shutters in favour of more lightweight curtains, allowing as much natural light to shine through as possible 
  • Ensure windows are clean
  • Motion sense lights can be used for when someone gets up in the night 
  • Ensure bedrooms can be made as dark as is possible/safe, as this encourages better sleep
  • Use brighter bulbs in lamps if it is safe to do so
  • Consider relocating plug sockets for easier access

Furniture

Many dementia patients report feelings of disorientation and confusion with vision. The colours and shapes of furniture can help the person with dementia to navigate their home more easily.

Strong patterns such as florals and stripes can be confusing, so opting for simpler, blockier designs in bright and contrasting colours can make items of furniture much easier to see and navigate around. If you decide to replace or remove any furniture then try to maintain the original layout of the room, as it is easier to navigate through surroundings when they are familiar with the layout.

Tips:

  • Supportive chairs with arms are much easier to get in/ out of 
  • Try not to change the layout too often
  • If the furniture is heavily patterned think about replacing or covering it with a blanket 
  • Opt for furniture in a contrasting colour to the floor so that they can easily be identified

Flooring 

For a person living with dementia, being able to walk freely around is a massive part of their independence. Ensuring that there are no wonky floorboards or untucked carpets allows individuals to walk more confidently around the home without risking a trip or fall.

It’s also important to consider the options carefully when choosing carpet and rug patterns, as dementia can alter how they see things to a greater extent. Shiny floors can look wet, speckles or tiles can look like rubbish on the floor, and dark coloured flooring can look like holes which they will then try to avoid walking on. 

This is something to take into consideration, especially on the stairs. Ensuring the steps have a colour contrast to the walls can also help to avoid accidents. 

Tips:

  • Remove mats to avoid trips
  • Mark edges of stairs and steps with bright tape or especially designed stair edging called ‘nosing’ 
  • Ensure all lamp wires and cables are tucked away and won’t be a trip hazard

Bathroom 

There are also many safety features you can install in the bathroom to limit hazards. For example, prevention plugs that release water down the drain if a bath is left running for too long and temperature checking alarms that will notify you if the water is too hot.

Another good idea is installing assistance rails next to the bath and toilet in contrasting easily identifiable colours, as well as contrasting toilet seats. These products can help individuals use the bathroom as independently as possible.

Tips:

  • Try to avoid distracting clutter, keep the space clean and simple
  • Use towels and toilet rolls in contrasting colours for easy access
  • Place non-slip mats in spots they’re likely to walk over
  • Ensure locks can be easily opened from the outside in case of an emergency

Organisation 

Ensuring your home is organised is essential for those living with dementia to feel at ease. Clutter can lead to confusion and distraction. It is also important that items are put back where they belong so that patients can find their belongings.

Tips:

  • Put labels on cupboards, wardrobes and drawers for easy identifiable access
  • Keep important items such as wallet, keys and glasses in a clear plastic box
  • Ensure that someone knows where all the important items or documents are kept in case of emergencies 
  • Leave bathroom and kitchen doors open when not in use so they are easily located

Thanks for reading, we hope our tips help you!

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