Related News Articles


A rant about the Internet of Things hype.


The brace will track motion, gait, cadence, and stride length.


The ratio of useful apps to worthless ones is as large as it was before, if not larger.


Not covered by insurance, and often bought, but not used.


Deploying user-friendly gesture recognition system.

Meet Laurie in one of the following places:

Boston, September 9-23, 2015

Connected Health Symposium, October 29-30 Boston, 2015

LeadingAge Boston November 1-4, 2015

Richmond, VA, November 17, 2015


Market Research Reports

Updated: (01-29-2015) Technology Market Overview Report Click here

Published: (06-20-2014) Challenging Innovators 2014 Report Click here

Published (03-08-2013) Next Generation Response Systems Click here

Updated (8-25-2012) Aging and Health Technology Report Click here

Updated (7-31-2012) The Future of Home Care Technology Click here

Published (2-14-2012) Linkage Technology Survey Age 65-100 Report Click here

Published (4-29-2011) Connected Living for Social Aging Report Click here

You are here

It's disappointing: tech to prevent wandering in independent or assisted living

Tracking people when they're gone - or noticing before they've left?  I spent the weekend researching various technology offerings that might prevent an 87-year-old able-bodied person with dementia from wandering beyond a specified area in independent or assisted living campuses. I've looked into it -- and I have to say, I am disappointed -- the hype exceeds at least my research reality.That GPS shoe hyped in the press? I just called -- it will be out now in the Spring, 2011. Geo-fencing devices like SentryGPS, Alzguard -- require placing a device in the pocket that is easily discarded into the trash by a wandering senior. LoJack, EmFinders, The Alzheimer's ComfortZone, etc. all help find a person who is already lost -- and require involvement of local police departments.  And based on Internet searching of the 'geo-fencing' ideas, the websites and references indicate to me that they aren't that widely deployed.

Requiring total facility commitment or just enough for a person or two? In the around-forever category, there are a number of facility-oriented systems (search for WanderGuard and you'll find them) that I view as heavy-weight -- requiring electricians and resetting keypads, sending audible or beaming alarms, and in general advertising that this is a 'locked down' premise, something that independent living and assisted living communities do not wish to admit (unless they have a dementia unit on site that can be presented as a viable upgrade option.) Even the sensor-based systems installed on an apartment alert are based on exit from a resident's unit -- not a zone-based approach that works for a campus or yard area and that can be associated with one individual.

So offer up a few good options -- a watch or attractive bracelet that works.  What I envision -- a working watch or other easily worn and not so easily noticed form factor that cannot be easily pulled off. I want one that alerts when it is removed, but that alert is easily reset when a person is accompanied out the door by a staff or family member. After looking at the various geo-fencing alternatives, I want the ability to design and adjust the zone easily, even online. And I want the ability to alert in multiple mediums, notifying several pre-identified people at once -- a caregiver, staff, or family.   In contacting several senior housing executives, this lighter-weight strategy does not seem to be widely deployed.

But acknowledging that searching online for information may not be the best approach, let's ask. If you, a person or an organization you know well are using such a technology, please comment on this post or send e-mail to




category tags: 


Might want to take a look at iMonsys
Unobtrusive and without "ONLY FOR SENIORS" -design

Keep up the good work, love your analysis

Definitely innovative, UK company looking for investors, not available at this time.



Hey Laurie -

Great work on today's (Sept 3) ABC program: Tech This Out:

You did a wonderful job!!!

User login

login account