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What electronic gadgets can help a caregiver look after a loved one?

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To care for a loved one, caregivers can:

  • Put motion detectors on doors that sound an alarm when someone leaves.
  • Use pressure sensors to track motion. One under a mattress can let you know when your loved one’s out of bed.
  • Keep an eye on a loved with an internet camera, built-in computer camera, or smart TV.
  • Use a medical alert system they can wear that has GPS tracking.
  • Use wearable fitness monitors to record things like sleep patterns and activity.

Beth Kallmyer, director of client services for the national office, Alzheimer's Association, Chicago.

AARP: "Staying Connected to Those Who Care."

Alzheimer's Association: "MedicAlert and Safe Return."

Family Caregiver Alliance: "Assistive Technology."

McCarron, P.S. "Getting the Help You Need," Take Care: (National Family Caregivers Association), Summer, 2008.

Pathfinders for Autism: "Plan Your Response to an Autism Emergency."

AARP: “9 Need-to-Know Technologies for Caregivers.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 23, 2019

Beth Kallmyer, director of client services for the national office, Alzheimer's Association, Chicago.

AARP: "Staying Connected to Those Who Care."

Alzheimer's Association: "MedicAlert and Safe Return."

Family Caregiver Alliance: "Assistive Technology."

McCarron, P.S. "Getting the Help You Need," Take Care: (National Family Caregivers Association), Summer, 2008.

Pathfinders for Autism: "Plan Your Response to an Autism Emergency."

AARP: “9 Need-to-Know Technologies for Caregivers.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 23, 2019

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