A Teenager Invents a Sensor to Protect Alzheimer Patients

March 3, 2015 Aging Parents, Alzheimer's, Caregivers, Elder Care, Senior Moving, Senior Relocation Specialist

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Kenneth Shinozuka, an Orange County teenager pioneers a new sensor that helps Alzheimer patients like his grandfather.

It is estimated that 60% of the 5 million Americans living with the disease will unknowingly wonder off from home, putting them at risk, and leaving their families worried.

Kenneth spends a lot of time with his grandfather, and he wanted to invent something that keeps him safe.  An internship at the Alzheimer’s Association provided the opportunity to test the sensor this eager teen has invented.

“pretty incredible for a sock, even more incredible for a sock invented by a 15 year old” said Jim Macaleer with the Alzheimer’s association.

The sensor quickly triggers an alarm on a smartphone app when pressure is applied.  It is currently being tested at an assisted living facility in Irvine, CA.

What does this mean to the millions of patients living with Alzheimer disease? Safety, first and foremost.

Alzheimer’s has many stages, the early stage when a patient may still function independently, the middle stage which can last the longest and requires additional care, and the late stage which will most likely require a round the clock monitoring.

A new invention such as this may help care givers across the country cope and monitor patients more effectively, and for families to rest a little easier knowing their loved ones are safe and not wandering off.

It’s quite amazing to see what love can conquer, Kenneth Shinozuka’s love for his grandfather drove him to pioneer a device that not only helps his family, but possibly a million other families for years to come.


National Certification Board for Alzheimer Care (NCBAC) – Promoting better care through understanding

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Alzheimer’s Association – A vision of a world without Alzheimer’s

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