Clever way to help the elderly if they get lost while out walking on their own

Keeping hold of your independence is an important part of growing old, but for some people, diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s can make that a difficult task. In a bid to help seniors who get lost while out walking, China has come up with the idea for QR codes embedded with information that makes it easy for passersby to assist seniors getting home. It might sound strange, but think of the difficulty of finding where someone lives with no information to go off.

Distributed by Dingxiang Community in Anhui Province, the badges feature a QR code as well as some text that reads, “Please scan it and help me back home.” So far, 50 people from the local area have been given the badges, with plans for the scheme to cover more than 1,400 residents aged above 60 in the future. “I’ll wear it every time I go out. A big headache for us old people is wandering off,” says user Qiao Zonglian, an 84-year-old woman.

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