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Tracking Options Using Gps For Alzheimer’s Patients
Pages 11 (2761 words)
This article concerns the inherent challenges involved with caring for elderly patients and family members suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. The healthcare situation and ramifications are depicted initially, with a description of the difficulties faced by both families and patients. …
A detailed analysis of the problem is given addressing certain of the ethical implications of monitoring, or choosing not to monitor. The presumption exists that as a dementia worsens some form of GPS monitoring will be utilized by family members, or the staff of an assisted living facility.
A physiological description is given briefly describing the biochemical markers of Alzheimer’s disease, as well as the symptomatic criteria used in a positive diagnosis of dementia as a result of Alzheimer’s disease. Warning signs and the prognosis of the condition are given. While no organic treatment exists, the advantages of GPS monitoring are discussed, including the implications and questions that must be addressed prior to choosing an option. Advantages and disadvantages of tracking strategies are discussed in addition to three information systems which are compared in accordance with a list of five practical criteria. Finally, recommendations are provided in the interest of dignity for the Alzheimer’s patient, but with respect towards the needs of family members and the likely inevitability of assisted care. An option of a monitoring service utilizing the expertise of a professional Corporation is concluded to be the most valuable and practical option for the protection and dignity of Alzheimer’s sufferers. ...
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