RALEIGH — April 28, 1996 - 4:35 p.m. EDT
There is a new device that could make it easier to track people with Alzheimers disease when they wander away from home. It's called Care Track, and it's easing the minds of some patients and care-givers.
The patient wears a band that contains a transmitter. If the person wanders away, the transmitter sends out a signal that can be detected up to a mile away on the ground, and up to six miles by air transport.
Lt. Walt Martin of the Wake County Sheriff's Department says the concept is fairly simple.
The sheriff's department has been testing the device through the departments of health, emergency management, and fire, and in cooperation with area churches.