Anyone who has a loved one with Alzheimer’s knows what a terrifying and difficult disease it can be.
Kenneth Shinozuka, a 15-year-old from New York City, was tired of seeing his Grandfather wander off from time to time and his family stress about his whereabouts. He didn’t want anyone to worry anymore, so he began to think of ways to help the upsetting situation.
When Kenneth saw Granddad step out of bed in the middle of the night, it dawned on him that he could place a sensor underneath his Grandfather’s foot to alert when he gets up in the middle of the night. Fast forward to today and Kenneth has won the Science in Action award for his “Safe Wander” device and is currently a participant in the Google Science Fair 2014. With a new patient being diagnosed with the disease every 67 seconds in the United States, there is definitely a need for this cutting-edge device, which could be used for other “wanderers” too.
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