Verified Outdoor Recreation Specialist
- Jun 9, 2013
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SAR closed the formal search after 4 days. The odds were against survival after 72 hours.I wish the family would establish a Facebook page where search updates could be published. Her daughter is posting but those can't be shared here. I wonder if SAR has done all it can? Nearby bodies of water haven't been searched AFAIK. I wonder if any other video was found?
Such a sad case as the window of finding her alive is closing or has closed.
As the massive U.S. Boomer population ages, solutions that work for tracking need to be encouraged by doctors & others who encounter the vulnerable/potentially vulnerable. The tech is out there but like so much with elder care, too few know about the many clever inventions that help improve quality of life for seniors. Everyone fights aging thinking it only means loss but it doesn't have to.
I look forward to a day when tracking options & adaptive equipment are not seen as enemies of privacy & autonomy.
Apropos your point, there are "tracking" electronics that are primarily used for many other activities of daily living, including sleep monitoring, water intake, getting off the couch, fall detection, medical info, backtracking the way you came on a trail, oxygen saturation, heart rate.... well, even phone (you never have to worry about losing your phone) on an AppleWatch. All this makes it very surreptitious, and of course, they're everywhere, even on young people, so not much cause for paranoia. I got mine for fall detection. In other words, no specialized tracking device needed, no special thing for seniors, just a watch that looks like everyone else's. My doc has been recommending it to seniors now after seeing me use it...I don't think she'd put two and two together until then. I really don't hear people talking about this.
It's likely LE could ping an AppleWatch if it was the kind that has built-in cell service and the person was lost or wandering. Soon, they'll likely be able to do satellite communication.
Something like this could be implemented with a less-than-able senior w/ negligible cost and a quick trip to a cell store.
My senior friends are getting liberated from their homes, since they don't have to be in range of Life Alert (which is very expensive, BTW) to get SOS on a fall. Great tool to keep folks independent, out of the house, moving, all of it.
If JA was wearing an Applewatch (for example), all she'd have to do was trip on a root or move suddenly in a downward direction, and the watch would automatically be calling 911. The odds of that happening in a case like this where the person might be charging through brush are very high, so SAR might have found her quickly. Heck, I set it off when I plop on the floor to play with my dog.
PS there may be other watches that do this, but I'm only familiar with the AppleWatch version, which I bought for fall detection while hiking.