Friday Funny: Dementia Safe Invisible Fence

I think they are actually making these now for Alzheimer patients. We were way ahead of our time at the Placebo Journal.

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Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  1 comment for “Friday Funny: Dementia Safe Invisible Fence

  1. Steve
    February 1, 2019 at 7:28 am

    Unfortunately, the problem is real. I have many patients with this issue and some of them are very physically agile. Even in freezing temperatures, they will literally run at high speed out an open door.
    Local police departments have bracelets to allow tracking. They are locked and very durable. Yet, some of my patients with dementia are still adept at trying to cut them off.
    Yesterday, I had a sit down visit with a family about this very issue.
    The devices have been around almost a decade and local police departments can set up families. I don’t think there is even a charge because it saves so much effort when someone with dementia vanishes into the woods. Just a couple of months ago, there was a massive hunt in our area for someone who did not have the bracelet and wandered away. They found her huddled up in a garden shed 36 hours later, thankfully in relatively good shape.

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