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Monday, May 7, 2012

Nearly half of children with ASD between the ages of 4 and 10 bolt, wander or elope.

The autism community uses many terms to describe the fact that children and dependent adults with ASD depart safe spaces to put themselves in harm’s way. A mother might say her son “is a runner” or that he “bolts” when they are in public places. A father might say his daughter “wanders” or “elopes." It’s difficult to name the behavior because we know so little about it. Is it aimless, or are these individuals trying to reach a place or person? Is it motivated by fear, sensory-sensitivity, boredom, or curiosity? Is the person who wanders scared, joyful, or in a fog? How many individuals with ASD engage in this behavior, and to what lengths are families going to keep them safe? Until now, there were few evidence-based answers to such questions. Of children with ASD who attempted to elope, nearly half actually succeeded and were missing long enough to cause parents significant concern about their safety. The situations were serious enough that 32% of parents in this situation called the police. Furthermore, two out of three reported their wandering child had a “close call” with traffic injury, and almost a third reported a “close call” with drowning. Children with ASD have many behaviors that families find incredibly stressful, including self-injury, rigidity, aggression, and meltdowns. How did those whose children engaged in elopement behavior compare the stress involved to that caused by other challenging behaviors? More than half (57%) reported that elopement was the most, or among the most, stressful of ASD behaviors. Fear that a child would escape their home during the night disrupted sleep for more than 40% of these families. Likewise, fear of elopement kept 62% of such families from attending or enjoying activities outside the home, increasing social isolation. GTX Corp (OTCBB: GTXO), the leader in customizable, 2-way GPS location based tracking solutions has been granted another utility patent, adding to the company’s growing IP portfolio that includes 11 issued patents, 5 patents pending and 34 U.S. and 28 foreign patents under its license. The multi-patented GPS technology platform will also soon serve as the foundation for products designed to help the millions of families affected by autism, as a result of a new partnership between GTX Corp and Talk About Curing Autism (TACA). “With our award winning multi-patented GPS Smart Shoe and patent-pending Alertag we have been at the forefront of connected health for years, providing new levels of functional oversight, security and peace of mind to a variety of audiences and needs,” commented Patrick Bertagna, CEO of GTX Corp. “We look forward to developing and bringing to market new, innovative products that both satisfy the ever-increasing consumer demand for location based solutions and that will help support the families challenged with a special needs child.”

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Find the missing in a minute.

The advantage of the Aetrex GPS Shoe over other dementia tracking devices is the device is in a shoe worn by the subject unlike other pocket size tracking devices which often get tossed or traded.

The way it worksThe caregiver sees that the afflicted wears the shoe, the caregiver turns on the signal form the online portal and its done. If the subject breaks the specified perimeter the device will turn on and begin sending signals which can be viewed on a web enabled device like a smart phone or a computer.

Location is instantaneous and private. The need for municipal services in uncalled for and therecovery can be effectively managed by familiar faces. Yes there are hybrid product/service combinations endorsed by namesake organizations, but they are more complicated and do not take advantage of embedding the device discretely on the subject’s person.

To buy the best tracking solution visit: Aetrex Navistar GPS Footwear System and let the 2-way Patented GPS technology from GTX Corp find the missing in a minute. Watch this CNET story on the first GPS enabled Alzheimer’s tracking device in a shoe.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Dementia Behind Bars

The get-tough-on-crime and mandatory sentencing policies that swept America beginning in the 1970s did more than drive up the inmate population and prison costs. They also ensured that inmates who once might have been seen as rehabilitated and given parole would grow old and even die behind bars. As a result, prisons are struggling to furnish costly, specialized care to ever more inmates who suffer from age-related infirmities, especially dementia.

According to a report from Human Rights Watch, in 2010 roughly 125,000 of the nation’s 1.5 million inmates were 55 years of age and over. This represented a 282 percent increase between 1995 and 2010, compared with a 42 percent increase in the overall inmate population. If the elderly inmate population keeps growing at the current rate, as is likely, the prison system could soon find itself overwhelmed with chronic medical needs.

There is no official count of how many inmates suffer from dementia. But some gerontologists say the current caseload represents the trickle before the deluge. They say the risk of the disease is higher behind bars because inmates are sicker to start with — with higher rates of depression, diabetes, hypertension, H.I.V./AIDS and head trauma. Given these risk factors, the dementia rate in prison could well grow at two or three times that of the world outside.

This is a daunting prospect for prison officials whose difficulties in keeping pace with the present dementia caseload were underscored in a recent report by The Times’s Pam Belluck. The article portrayed officials in crowded, understaffed correctional facilities scrambling to care for ailing inmates who can no longer feed, dress or clean themselves and who create conflict and disorder because they can no longer follow simple commands.

The Human Rights Watch study said the cost of providing medical care to elderly inmates is between three and nine times the cost for younger ones. Another study found that the annual average health care cost per prisoner is about $5,500; about $11,000 for inmates aged 55 to 59 and $40,000 for inmates 80 or older. A specialized unit for cognitively impaired inmates in the New York State system costs more than $90,000 per bed per year, more than twice the figure for general inmates.

Many inmates, obviously, can never be released, and they will continue to require special care. But the states must pursue other avenues as well. They can foster partnerships between prisons and nursing homes to improve the quality of care; consider compassionate release programs for frail inmates who no longer present a threat to public safety; and, no less important, revisit the mandatory sentencing policies that did away with judicial discretion and filled the prisons to bursting in the first place.

When the once “inmates” become residents of “homes” the potential for wandering will presentproblems that did not concern the prison systems, but will absolutely threaten the communities’municipal resources as 60% of the afflicted population will wander. The ability to track residentsand locate them quickly will protect them from harm and reduce what could be a financial catastrophe for local communities as a missing person’s search often runs $30,000 or more.

GTX Corp with its patented 2-way GPS technology and the Aetrex Navistar GPS Footwear System provide care givers assurances unavailable with other solutions. Watch this: CNET story on the first GPS enabled tracking shoe.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Millions of seniors with dementia will wander in search of their lost memories. While we can’t find those remembrances, we can find the lost victims.

The Mayo Clinic describes Alzheimer's and the problem of Wandering: The disease can erase a person's memory of once-familiar surroundings, as well as make it extremely difficult to adapt to new surroundings. As a result, people who have Alzheimer's may wander away from their homes or care centers and turn up lost, frightened and disoriented — sometimes far from where they started.

"Wandering is a behavior that happens mainly as a result of declining cognitive skills," says Beth Kallmyer, director of family and information services at the Alzheimer's Association in Chicago. "The loss of memory impacts their ability to discern where they are."

"Today, more than 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer's disease. That number is expected to grow to 20 million in the coming years," according to Andrew Carle at George Mason University.

More than 60 percent of people who have Alzheimer's wander at some point, according to the Alzheimer's Association. Often, someone who's wandering is: searching for something, escaping from something or reliving a past event. This can and does happen often. And it stresses the care giver as much if not more than the afflicted.

While there is no solution to Alzheimer’s or wandering, there is a GPS Tracking device embedded discretely in a walking shoe that will enable care givers to locate a wanderer within a minute, know the direction they are moving and at what speed – walking or in a vehicle. The GPS Shoe tracking technology was developed by GTX Corp and is available in the Aetrex Navistar GPS Footwear System.“ Watch this video from CNET and regain your peace of mind.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

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Sunday, March 4, 2012

For those afflicted with Alzheimer’s, a walk may bring them one step closer to death.

Alzheimer's disease causes its victims to wander off. Getting lost places them at great risk. They can die – of those lost more than 72 hours, only a few will survive.

More than 300 Alzheimer's sufferers wander and/or get lost each day. Each year there are as many as 125,000 reports of victims of Alzheimer's disease wandering away …many more go unreported. Experts estimate that 60 percent of persons suffering from Alzheimer's will wander. This puts the potential pool of wanderers at an epidemic 3,000,000 individualsMost of those who wander don't get very far. As a result, they are found quickly and only local residents get involved in their search. Of those found within 12 hours, most percent survive –however, one in 14 doesn’t make it home. Of those lost more than 24 hours – 67 of 100 die. Of those lost more than 72 hours, 80 percent never make it home.

When it happens, caretakers find themselves in a total state of confusion -- feeling helpless. Although most Alzheimer's sufferers that wander are found within a mile and a half of their home. These wanderers are often on foot. Nevertheless, finding them is like looking for a needle in a haystack and very costly to the community. Their search endangers others in the community that might need the assistance of those resources.

When the victims wander they rarely ask for help. They don't tell anyone they are lost. And in most cases, they don't leave any physical clues that will help you find them unless they are wearing GPS enabled tracking shoes developed by GTX Corp and marketed by Aetrex Worlwide. Wearing these discreet 2-way devices their every footstep can be tracked and mapped in real-time on a web enabled mobile phone, notebook or computer.

For some GPS is about global positioning satellites. For the 12 million Alzheimer’s caregivers it is a Great People Saver.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Getting lost is the least of the problem

Nearly 12 million of us take care of the 5.6 million Americans with the Alzheimer’s disease, a number that's expected to increase to 16 million by 2050, according to the Alzheimer's Assn.
The burden of care-taking places tremendous pressure on one’s time and resources. A 2009 AARP and National Alliance for Caregiving survey learned that caregivers — most typically middle-aged women providing care for a parent — give more than 20 hours of their time each week. Most say it interferes with work, and the longer someone is a caregiver, the more likely her own physical and mental health is to suffer.

One of the most troublesome circumstances with the disease is wandering or sun-downing where the afflicted will head out of where they are supposed to be and becomedisoriented. That happens to about 60% of the millions of the disease’s victims and only half will be found before they succumb to accidents, weather or exposure.

To provide a personal and discreet solution GTX Corp and Aetrex Worlwide have partnered to provide a walking shoe with a 2-way GPS tracking device that will alert,locate and track with a click to web enabled phone, pad or computer. AARP though it a viable solution.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

We discover what we do not know...Dementia is a condition of at least one of the 9 million species inhabiting our planet

A new study estimates that Earth has almost 9 million species, but we've only discovered about a quarter of them and know comparatively little about most of them.

Coincidentally there are 9 million Americans that have a cognitive disorder- such as Dementia, Alzheimer’s and Autism.

Scientists are aware though of a curious phenomenon among primate species: Humans get the devastating neurological disorder known as Alzheimer's disease, but their closest evolutionary cousins don't. Until we become better informed about the why’s and where for of the disease, we have an affordable, practicable means and method to afford those that suffer from dementia and their caregivers peace of mind.

Should the afflicted wander off and become lost, they can be found with a unique, 2-way embedded GPS technology placed within a comfortable walking shoe and trackable through a smart phones or computer. To take advantage of this innovative patented GPS Shoe technology, visit the web site of Aetrex Worldwide and lace up an effective solution to “sundowing” developed by the company that keeps people connected; GTX Corp.

Monday, January 16, 2012

You need not get lost searching for an answer to the “where is” question that the millions of caregivers have been asking.

Close to 9 million people in this country suffer with some form of a cognitive disorder, from dementia and Alzheimer’s to Autism, Down syndrome and veterans that came home from battle with brain injuries. According to the Alzheimer's Association, about 60 percent of the 5.4 million of those afflicted with the Alzheimer’s will wander off and become lost.

George Mason University Professor Andrew Carle recently stated, “of course these are only U.S. numbers with an estimated 25 million cases of Alzheimer worldwide expected to quadruple to 100 million short of a cure.”

After nine years of research and development, GTX Corp (GTXO.OB) and its partner Aetrex Worldwide have brought to the consumer market a solution for people who wander – a GPS Shoe with an embedded 2-way GPS tracking device that will instantly locate the wearer and send a caregiver an alert via text or email if the wearer wanders off beyond a pre set area.

Joann Johnston, whose husband, Bill Johnston, has Alzheimer's disease, said; the shoes give her peace of mind. "When I lost him, you kind of panic."

When a 79 year old victim went missing the Virginia Beach Police Department, Emergency Medical Services and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management Search & Rescue Team and numerous volunteers assisted in her search. Fortunately she was found alive, but the Police claimed the net cost to the taxpayers was about $36,000. No one questioned that the money was well spent, but what if there were a better way to locate those that wander, what if instead of $36,000 you could bring the cost down to $299?

If only 10 percent of the 9 million Americans which have a cognitive disorder get lost – 900,000. Assuming it would cost a thousand dollars on average to locate someone that had wandered off and became lost – 900,000 multiplied by $1,000 for each search would cost $900,000,000. That’s almost 1 billion dollars that could be saved or better spent on research developing cures. That’s 10 percent at a cost of $1,000, when the statistics show it’s closer to 60% that wander at a search and rescue cost of tens of thousands of dollars. Not to mention the emotional toll on the caregivers. The value in peace of mind gained, search and rescue costs and lives potentially saved isn’t quantifiable.

How much is a pair of GPS SHOES - MSRP $299
How much is the monthly monitoring service - between $30 to $40 depending on usage and features
How often do they need to be charged - approximately every 50 hours
Do they come in both men’s and women’s- yes
How often do they report back- every 10 or 30 minutes depending on which monthly plan you select
If a loved one wanders how do I get notified – either by text message or email
Can more than one person receive the notifications – yes you can add as many people as you wish on your alert list
Does the GPS SHOE tell me when the battery is low – yes either by text or email
Do I need a special wireless carrier – no the GPS SHOES will work in the U.S. anywhere that there is T Mobile coverage
Where can I learn more about the GPS SHOES – www.gtxcorp.com www.gpsshoe.com www.aetrex.com

Where can I order a pair – www.aetrex.com