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Police defend GPS dementia plan

Police have defended their decision to buy GPS locating devices to trace dementia patients amid calls from some elder care campaigners for their withdrawal.

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Age UK supports GPS move for dementia patients

Age UK said the smart use of technology should be "encouraged" but ideally with the consent of those involved.

Making smarter use of technology to help people manage health conditions and stay independent should be encouraged.

This can include devices that help older people suffering from dementia to continue to safely go about their daily lives.

However, it is always important to balance up individual rights and ensure technology is only used where it delivers real benefits and, in so far as possible, with the consent of people involved.

– Michelle Mitchell, charity director at Age UK

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