Richmond Hill students develop tool to help dementia patients
RICHMOND HILL, Ga. (WTOC) - Hoping to solve real world issues at the age of 14. That’s what a group of students hope to accomplish through a school project that’s already won some state prize money.
A group of eighth graders at Richmond Hill Middle school have developed a tool that may help someone you know or love.
“This thing is really accurate; it’s supposed to be within 25 feet.”
Prevention Alarm System for the Elderly, or PASE. It’s essentially a tracker for dementia patients; a disease that eighth grader Stacy Armour’s grandmother had.
“She did get moved to a dementia ward and I visited her once; and seeing the other people there as well, seeing everything they had on the entrances to keep them in and it was upsetting,” Armour said.
With the guidance of 8th grade teacher Casey Collins, five students - Holden Holt, Eliana King, Shannon Williams, Adeyoyinsola Adeniji, and Armour - developed a prototype and coded an app that will send coordinates to your phone where the patient is. Her grandmother also died from Alzheimer’s
“I had talked with my mother about this idea and this device that they were talking about developing, and we were talking about how nice it would have been to have something like that in the early stages because it does kind of bring a little piece of mind to know where they are because it’s a highly stressful situation,” she said.
The group is one of the top 100 semifinalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest. They say the project alone has been rewarding.
“I get to use my talents to better the community and other people. I also get to work with my friends and stuff; so, it’s like I get to film, engineer,” Adeniji said.
“The group of kids I have are students that are very creative and work very hard, and it’s just really fun to watch their ideas come to life,” Collins said.
Ideas that give hope to the creators for better lives for our seniors.
“I think it’ll help people with dementia live normal lives without getting endangered,” Armour said.
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