One of those “difficult” discussions that adults have to face is telling their aging parents that they need to take away their car keys. For many seniors, being able to drive is the last bastion of independence. We may not be able to turn back the clock, but we should use every technology available to offer seniors the ability to remain as independent as they can for as long as possible. One of the modern advances that helps do this is the GPS tracking system.
We tend to hear a lot about how GPS tracking systems help parents feel more comfortable letting teenagers out on the road on their own; however, we don’t hear as much about the opposite end of the scale. Growing children and aging parents actually have one thing in common—someone at home worrying about their safety! GPS tracking systems can help both the inexperienced driver and the senior driver.
We all know that as we age our faculties slow down. Seniors shouldn’t have to give up all activities; many seniors get around quite well, and some continue to do so well into older ages. Being a bit more careful can’t hurt, though. A GPS system may be just the thing to give you both a little peace of mind.
A GPS system allows your senior loved ones to go where they want and still feel secure. GPS systems provide touch-screen access, the ability to type in a specific address, or the ability to view a local map. They can offer suggestions for restaurants, gas stations, and entertainment. They provide spoken directions that are loud and clear for seniors who may have difficulty hearing. The background color of the screen is changeable, for better viewing from day to night. The technology is easy enough for everyone to understand.
With the modern conveniences that a GPS system offers, your senior will be able to maintain a sense of independence, and you’ll be able to maintain a little peace of mind.
Advances in GPS tracking have moved far beyond the realm of navigation. One of the most popular uses for GPS systems these days is tracking. If you have a senior with a serious disease, such as Alzheimer’s, Type II Diabetes, Heart Disease, or Epilepsy, you might find comfort in knowing you can track their whereabouts in the event of an emergency.
GPS tracking systems are smaller and more comfortable than ever; however, this still may be a subject you’re uncomfortable approaching your senior loved one about. Perhaps you’ve already brought the issue up and had a negative response. Either way, here are a few points to consider.
1. No one wants to feel like their freedom is being threatened. Explain to your loved one that a GPS system is not an attempt to monitor his whereabouts; rather, it is a means of keeping him safe in the event of an emergency.
2. Explain that the device is comfortable. The image that comes to mind for your loved one may be more along the lines of a ball and chain than an unobtrusive wrist band. Take them somewhere they can look at a GPS wristband and try it on. This will help them understand they won’t be burdened with some cumbersome device.
3. Many seniors may be unaware of what GPS is and how it works. Explain the process to them in a way they can understand. If you’re not of a technological mind, find someone who is. The unknown is usually frightening.
4. Explain the peace of mind this will give you. Your loved one may be unaware of the extent of the extent of your concern. If you explain that your motivation in bringing up this subject is your own peace of mind, it might make a difference in how they view GPS tracking.
GPS Tracking for Seniors
Satellite Navigation Units, or GPS systems are not just for the car anymore. GPS tracking is becoming a more and more popular use of the GPS technology, as parents appreciate the security of being able to track their young or disabled children. And the same technology that aids travelers in making the best navigation choices is now used for tracking on a smaller scale.
One of the most practical GPS tracking devices comes in a wristband version. It’s the perfect solution for tracking seniors who may have diseases that need monitoring. Type II Diabetes, Heart Conditions, Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia can be a constant concern for the family members of seniors. A wristband device such as this will provide care givers with the peace of mind they’ve been looking for.
The wristband tracking system is not only reliable, but it is also comfortable. It is usually made of a soft fabric, is small in size, and is waterproof. It’s designed with the option of tucking the locator tags inside the wristband, which makes it less obtrusive for the wearer. The signal is so strong and reliable that even tucked away, you will never have to worry about your loved ones.
As comfortable as these devices are, there are options out there, so it is important to do some research with your loved one to see which one is the most comfortable and provides exactly what you need. Explaining the reasons behind your desire to use GPS tracking for your loved one is also a good idea. Seniors are more likely to agree to using these devices if they understand it is for the peace of mind of those who love them, and not an attempt to take away their freedom.
If you have a senior with a serious disease that needs monitoring but who enjoys the freedom and independence of coming and going at will, a GPS tracking device may be just the thing you need.