According to the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, a new study involving 200 dementia sufferers in Norway has confirmed that the use of GPS devices to track patients not only increases physical activity levels but also leads to a calmer disposition among patients.
The study began as a project involving five municipalities and 50 patients suffering from dementia, and expanded in 2015 to include 18 municipalities and 200 patients suffering from dementia or cognitive dysfunction. The initiative is called “Trygge Spor og Samspill” (Safe Tracking and Interaction).
Results show that by using a GPS device, patients who choose to venture outside of medical facilities where they are living are calm and have a sense of control over their lives. If they fail to return, the GPS devices make it easy to find and return the missing patient.