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Canadian police are considering giving GPS bracelets to Alzheimer sufferers in order to find them should they become lost.

“Police in Montreal are studying the possibility of offering GPS bracelets to people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, an official told AFP. The Montreal Police Service (SPVM) is looking at ways to keep safe people suffering from diseases that degrade brain function, including memory. Those who suffer from such diseases can often leave their homes without the ability to find their way back, putting them at risk of hunger and the cold. ‘For us, the priority is the safety of the population. In cases where citizens go missing because of Alzheimer’s, we want to get involved as quickly as possible to return them,’ Daniel Rousseau, the police official heading community action strategies, told AFP on Tuesday.”


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