Wearable button alerts carers when their patients wander off

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This is part of a series of articles that looks at entrepreneurs hoping to get their ideas off the ground through crowdfunding. At the time of writing, each of these innovations is currently seeking funding.

Worldwide, an estimated 44 million people suffer from dementia. Three out of five people with conditions linked to dementia are prone to wandering off; if they aren't found within 24 hours, up to half suffer serious injury or even death. For those caring for children with autism, about half attempt to escape from a safe environment. In fact, wandering is ranked one of the most stressful ASD behaviors by parents of autistic children. We've seen previous attempts to manage wandering by those with dementia including a Chinese project which issued buttons with QR codes to elderly people, meaning that passersby…

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