Phone app question

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  1. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    We just met a neighbor down here in AZ who lives about 1/4 mile from us. Nice old gal who was walking her dogs. She told us right up front that she has Alzhiemer's. When she left she started off in the wrong direction and looked confused. I asked her if she was headed home and pointed her in the right direction.

    That got me to wondering if there is an app for a phone where you could enter her address and if she got turned around she could just open the app, hit a button and it would direct her to her home.

    It would have to be a GPS app of some sort and easy enough where an elderly person could easily operate it. Ideally it would give her walking directions to her home just by opening the app with no buttons to push, no instructions to give, etc.

    Anyone know of such an animal? Before you ask, I don't know if her phone is an Android or iPhone but I can find out the next time I see her, so fire away with names of apps for each make of phone.

    Thanks,
    GFC
    Mike
     
  2. SloBurn

    SloBurn Member

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    May 30, 2013
    Greenwood Lake, NY
    1994 270 Sundancer. 7.4L Merc. Tow with a 2006 Dodge RAM Hemi
    340 HP Merc 454 c.i.
    WAZE will do this. It stores your home address and is easy to use. Also FREE.
     
  3. Jaybeaux

    Jaybeaux Member SILVER Sponsor

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    Jan 3, 2016
    Upper Potomac River
    420 Sundancer 2004
    Naught On Call
    Cummins 6CTA-8.3's with V-Drives
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    GFC, You could accomplish what you say simply with Google maps. The only "configuration" that is needed is to identify your "Home". When you open the app, towards the bottom is a house "icon" with the words "Directions to home". You chose driving, walking, bus, etc. I believe you can put that app on both Android and that company with the crappy battery life :)

    Jaybeaux
     
  4. CliffA

    CliffA Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 29, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    2001 Sea Ray 340DA
    Name: 'Happy Place'
    4.5kW West. Generator
    Purchased Nov. 2014
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    Twin Merc. 6.2L (MPI)
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drive Transmissions
    Google maps stores your home address and can give both walking and driving directions....

    cliff

    opps....Jaybeaux beat me to it.....

    but if she is sick she may not remember to even take her phone with her next time much less remember how to use it.....very sad disease....
     
  5. Strypes

    Strypes Member

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    I believe that he is looking for something that recognizes her location automatically and tells her what to do without interacting.
     
  6. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer
    2X 454 w/ vDrives
    Unfortunately with that horrible disease, by the time it's truly needed it's unlikely a person will be able to use it. Maybe an
    EPRIB would be better so others could find them.
     
  7. RollerCoastr

    RollerCoastr Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Cedar Point, OH / Miami, FL / MacRay Harbor, MI
    1997 400DA
    340HP 7.4 Mercruiser Bluewaters
    Garmin 8212, 741 24HD, Intellian I2
    1999 280BR
    Twin 250HP Merc 350 Alpha Ones
    In my Dad's final day of independence (such as it was), he would visit me and walk his dog in my neighborhood. That disease is about as insidious as they come. The "fog" can set-in within seconds: he'd have his bearings and be himself one moment, and then walk up the driveway of a neighbor's home that looked nothing like mine the next.

    I'd make sure he had his old-school flip-phone, but calling him would do no good. He couldn't describe where he was when I asked. I'd ask him to read the house number of the closest house and he would get it wrong.

    I considered putting my iPhone in his pocket and using the Find Friends app to locate him, but the refresh is a little too slow and the stress wasn't worth it. On his final walks, when he would insist on going alone, I would just follow him.

    I've never heard him use the word Alzheimers. Looking back on the day we had a family meeting to discuss his diagnosis and affairs, I think he resolved right then to stop using our names. He calls men "bud", and women "honey". I wonder if he was training himself in an effort to hold on to dignity for as long as possible.

    The people in his care home love him. They don't know him of course, but they have affection for the man who's left. The cost of his care would make the payment of a brand-new 51 Sundancer. I'm glad he doesn't realize that, because he would surely prefer we buy a new a boat over paying for him to sit in a clean, safe place waiting to die.

    Sorry for the heavy Monday morning thoughts...
     
  8. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    A friend on another forum suggested an app called Take Me Home. Actually, as I understand it's a Widget not an app. Not that I know the difference, but it does seem to work.

    Once you put in the owner's address, when you open the app it automatically goes to Google Maps and displays a walking route to the home address.

    I downloaded it to my phone yesterday. I'll play with it a bit (please, no jokes about my needing to learn it because I'm getting old!! :eek: ) and see how easy and reliable it is, then see if she wants me to install it on her phone.
     
  9. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    450 Sundancer
    3126 Cat's
    In our family, we use an app called Life360. If you are a cheater/lier you don't want this app because it tracks your every movement, but if you have a family you love and are concerned about you can check in on each other anytime...
     
  10. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    Mark, thanks for that tip. I'll see if I can get in touch with any of her relatives and/or neighbors and see if they will install it on their phones.
     
  11. JimG

    JimG Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2008
    Southern WV
    2007 310 DA
    Kohler 5ECD
    Twin 350 Mags
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drives
    +1 on Life360!
     
  12. Woody

    Woody Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Nov 20, 2007
    N. Wisconsin/Lk Superior
    2005 420DA
    Cummins 6CTA8.3
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2018
  13. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    I've played around a little with the Take Me Home app and that seems like it works to do what I want an app to do. Now I need to find out where she lives and see if I can talk with some of her family about installing it for her.

    Thanks for all the help and the tips.
     

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