New Sensors Help Patients With Dementia Avoid Getting Lost


Like most patients with dementia, Ray Ciancaglini has good days and bad days.

On his worst days, Ciancaglini, a retired boxer, might wander off in the dead of winter from his home in Finger Lakes, New York, without notifying his wife Patty. Occasionally, he’ll walk for miles and forget his home address.

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