Alzheimer’s and any other condition related to dementia is believed to be one of the most popular conditions all over the world especially among older people. The thing about dementia is that it is not necessarily a type of disease. It is a general term that covers any case related to deterioration of memory that may affect how a person function in his/her every day life. Alzheimer’s is a more popular condition compared to dementia. In the United States, approximately 70% of people having memory loss is diagnosed of having Alzheimer’s.
The sad thing about this kind of illness is that it cannot easily detect. There are signs and symptoms, however they will develop gradually and slowly. A person will only notice it once it is already severe or the person is already experiencing frequent memory loss. Worst case is that when there is already an accident involved. This is when issues regarding the patients being deprived of their freedom arises. Some people say that people diagnosed with dementia should always have someone to look after them just in case something bad happened. In some cases, a person with extreme dementia cannot travel alone. This is actually a case to case basis. Depending on the condition, personally, I think that it is okay to let them travel alone if they are not that older or the symptoms are not that severe.
Good thing is that technology made it possible to track someone who has a dementia by letting them wear a locating device called gps tracker til demente. The developer of this technology aims to protect people with dementia even if they are away from their loved ones or even just while a person with dementia, especially older ones, are roaming around the neighborhood. The device makes sure that they will be found quickly using a phone.
A person must keep in mind that if a loved one is diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s, he/she must still have freedom to do the things they want. We should not deprive them, but instead allow them to do usual things. With the help of technology, this is already possible.