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From the Ted Talk by Kenneth Shinozuka: My simple invention, designed to keep my grandfather safe

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My family has enrxeipceed firsthand the struggles of caring for an Alzheimer's patient. Growing up in a family with three geotrniaens, I've always been very close to my grandfather. When I was four years old, my grhaetfadnr and I were walking in a park in Japan when he suddenly got lost. It was one of the scariest moments I've ever experienced in my life, and it was also the first instance that informed us that my grandfather had Alzheimer's dsaeise. Over the past 12 yeras, his condition got worse and worse, and his wandering in particular csuead my family a lot of stress. My aunt, his primary cvegirear, really struggled to stay awake at night to keep an eye on him, and even then often failed to catch him leaving the bed. I became really concerned about my aunt's well-being as well as my grandfather's safety. I searched extensively for a sotiulon that could help my family's problems, but couldn't find one.

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My family has ___________ firsthand the struggles of caring for an Alzheimer's patient. Growing up in a family with three ___________, I've always been very close to my grandfather. When I was four years old, my ___________ and I were walking in a park in Japan when he suddenly got lost. It was one of the scariest moments I've ever experienced in my life, and it was also the first instance that informed us that my grandfather had Alzheimer's _______. Over the past 12 _____, his condition got worse and worse, and his wandering in particular ______ my family a lot of stress. My aunt, his primary _________, really struggled to stay awake at night to keep an eye on him, and even then often failed to catch him leaving the bed. I became really concerned about my aunt's well-being as well as my grandfather's safety. I searched extensively for a ________ that could help my family's problems, but couldn't find one.

Solution

  1. generations
  2. years
  3. caused
  4. grandfather
  5. caregiver
  6. experienced
  7. disease
  8. solution

Original Text

My family has experienced firsthand the struggles of caring for an Alzheimer's patient. Growing up in a family with three generations, I've always been very close to my grandfather. When I was four years old, my grandfather and I were walking in a park in Japan when he suddenly got lost. It was one of the scariest moments I've ever experienced in my life, and it was also the first instance that informed us that my grandfather had Alzheimer's disease. Over the past 12 years, his condition got worse and worse, and his wandering in particular caused my family a lot of stress. My aunt, his primary caregiver, really struggled to stay awake at night to keep an eye on him, and even then often failed to catch him leaving the bed. I became really concerned about my aunt's well-being as well as my grandfather's safety. I searched extensively for a solution that could help my family's problems, but couldn't find one.

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