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John Noakes In Recovery After Going Missing Near Majorca Home

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Former Blue Peter presenter John Noakes is currently recovering in the hospital after going missing for most of Tuesday. The 81-year-old, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, disappeared during a walk near his home in Majorca.

John’s wife Vicky alerted the local police to his disappearance shortly after 9am. She explained that she saw him leave for his walk and followed him in her car to pick him up shortly after, but lost sight of him while parking on a side street. John was carrying no water or ID, which caused her even more concern as the hours passed and the search for him continued in the 35C heat.

John was finally found at around 7pm “in the bottom of a storm drain”, which explains why police had struggled to find him for so long despite him being less than a mile from his home. He was suffering from dehydration and his heartbeat was weak. While he was described as being in a “bad way”, his condition is not considered to be life-threatening, and he is expected to recover from the incident.

The local police officer who found John said: “He was very weak because he has been outside for many hours in the heat, presumably without eating or drinking anything. Bear in mind that this gentleman is 81 and suffers from Alzheimer’s, which is assumed to have contributed to him going missing.”

Those of a certain age remember John as the beloved, good-humoured face of Blue Peter in the 60s and 70s, along with his excitable dog Shep. Fans have been saddened by the news of his illness and how much it put him at risk yesterday.

Alzheimer’s disease, which can cause a progressive loss of mental ability, is a terrible affliction, which can make day-to-day life a struggle for sufferers and their loved ones. Unfortunately, the nature of the condition makes it all too easy for those affected to end up in the type of situation John found himself in.

However, advancements in technology mean there are now ways to help prevent confused and disorientated Alzheimer’s sufferers going missing, or help to find them if they do get lost. There are already a number of wearable devices available with integrated GPS tracking systems, which allow you to locate the wearer at all times from your computer, laptop, smartphone or tablet, and the way technology is going we should expect more devises to be introduced to the market in the future.

Some of these devices are worn on the wrist or ankle, while others are carried in pockets or bags. For those who would prefer something more discreet, there are even trackers which are inserted into the sole of the wearer’s shoe, eliminating the stigma which can come with bracelets or anklets, and minimising the chances of the device being lost as a pocket tracker can be.

It’s reassuring to know that help is at hand with wearable technology which could significantly help to reduce the number of dementia patients finding themselves lost and alone.

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