Living with dementia

A tracking device developed by Dr Sinan Sinanovic and his team could allow people with dementia to live independently for longer and offer families peace of mind.

The innovative, wearable device is one of the first not to rely on GPS tracking, which can be unreliable and doesn't work indoors.

The next-generation location device contains a receiver that picks up signals from LED lighting, which sends location information to a nearby computer so that movements can be monitored remotely.

It is predicted that the number of people aged over 65 in the UK will have nearly doubled to around 19 million by 2050. Associated with the challenge of an ageing population is the increasing prevalence of dementia.

Dr Sinanovic is working with Dr Roberto Ramirez-Iniguez (GCU), Dr Wasiu Popoola (University of Edinburgh) and Dr Lynne Baillie (Heriot-Watt University) on the Digital Health and Care Institute-funded project.