‘Wandering’ is a term used to describe dementia patients who get lost when going outside, which is perceived as problematic and dangerous by their families. Wandering can be dangerous not only because of the problem of getting lost, but also if a fall or injury occurs.
There are already many services to control environments in order to reduce wandering behaviours for places like care homes or dementia-villages. However, these alarm services rely on a trigger such as a button or a sensor in order to get help. AI and voice can potentially enhance the use of such devices and services. The initial idea behind the skill is to develop a mechanism for people with memory loss to remember where they are going, where they are, and how to get back home.
My Journey is a skill that reminds the person with dementia where they are going. When the user opens the skill, they tell Alexa where they are going. The skill can provide the user’s location to guide them to their destination. The skill connects to an application that alerts the carer when the patient feels lost or requires help.