Conversation with a Minor about Chips and Things

Definitely. Well, I mean, me coming from a Greek Orthodox background, like, for example, earrings and tattoos and stuff like that are considered not allowed, against our religion to do it. But then again, people still do it, a lot of Orthodox people do tattoos... I’ve got earrings. It’s just … it’s just up to you. I mean, it depends how religious you are, and I mean, it’s not like, you know, the religion’s going to stop you from living your life, because you only live once, so you might as well try to experience as much as you can.

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Kenneth Lea - The Alzheimer’s Carer

Well, I feel that in the specific case of the dementia sufferers, if the carer or the person responsible for the dementia sufferer is willing, if they won’t wear a device that is removable, I feel that an implant is the only answer. Not only for the convenience of the carer but also for the subject’s safety. I’ve got great faith in the GPS system- as it is the best system of locating people over a wide area, whereas the FM band has a limited range on that pendant. GPS is global (figure 5). It would mean given the right situation, which would be no worse than the FM system, if the situation is right for the GPS, sufferers could be pinpointed within a meter or so and it would involve only sending one police car to pick them up, rather than have the whole force mobilized. Particularly in places like Sydney which is such a vast metropolis with numerous forms of transport where people with dementia could move over kilometers within a very short space of time. You’d never find them unless they were locatable by GPS.

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