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WALNUT CREEK, Calif., June 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- SafeinHome honors the caregivers of people living with dementia, as the Alzheimer's Association kicks off its Longest Day grassroots fundraising campaign on June 21 summer solstice, the year's longest period of sunlight.
The Longest Day honors the "strength, passion and endurance" of those facing Alzheimer's. From sunrise to sunset, teams from around the world will engage in activities over the 16 hours of daylight to support family members and friends with the disease.
Recognizing the contribution of caregivers, especially the 15.5 million who provide unpaid care to people with Alzheimer's and other dementias, SafeinHome will participate in "The Longest Day" fundraiser.
"Every day is the 'longest day' for those unsung heroes who care for their loved ones with Alzheimer's," said Judith London, PhD, psychologist and author of Support for Alzheimer's and Dementia Caregivers: The Unsung Heroes (2013). "Over 60 percent of caregivers report emotional stress with 43 percent developing medical problems themselves. The message is clear: caregivers need care too. They owe it to themselves and their loved ones to take a break and honor their own needs."
According to the 2014 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures Report, caregivers, the large majority being women, experience high stress with 59 percent reporting "high or very high stress due to caregiving."
For its part, SafeinHome has developed a mobile device solution, specifically designed for caregivers, that allows them to check in on loved ones using their smartphone. This includes 3.7 million people who are cared for at home by family and friends. Most have mild to moderate dementia.
The SafeinHome system comprises a smartphone application with sensors placed unobtrusively in the senior's home that lets the caregiver know if anything is out of the ordinary. These sensors wirelessly transmit activity data to the caregiver's smartphone or tablet. They track the senior's movements in any room in the house, door activity, stove left on unattended, pillbox access and securely send text alerts without invading the senior's privacy.
With SafeinHome seniors do not need to wear a device, press a button, or make a phone call -- an important feature for individuals with dementia who might not remember to press a button. It is the only product in the aging in place market that doesn't require the senior to do anything to transmit an alert to the adult child or other family caregiver.
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