Ohio Study Using High-Tech Gizmos To Monitor Older Family Members

CLEVELAND (AP) - An Ohio study could provide modern solution to a dilemma faced by many families -- how best to care for an aging family member who lives in another city.

Researchers at Miami University and the Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio are installing high-tech cameras and sensors that can help families be sure their loved ones are safe.

Next month, the researchers will start recruiting Toledo-area volunteers for the study, called the Safety Assistance for Families with Elders or SAFE House Project.

They're looking for 20 families of elderly parents with dementia who need almost constant observation.

The houses will have cameras in the kitchen and entrances that turn on when someone walks by. A family member will get a phone call, page or e-mail when the camera is activated. That person can then log onto the Internet and see what the camera sees.

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