In the past five years, GPS technology has become affordable enough for ordinary people like you and me to have greater peace of mind for our home security, devices, and family members. As our loved ones get older, we sometimes need to keep tabs on them. A GPS tracker device for an elderly loved one is a proactive step to have some reassurance your loved one is safe. Check out our detailed reviews of each device and what to look for in a GPS senior citizen tracker below. Thanks for reading!
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The past few years have seen a burst of devices released on the market that will track your fitness, pet, car, and kids. A GPS device for the elderly is a way for families to keep track of an elderly person that might be in the earlier stages of Alzheimer’s. With a variety of GPS tracking devices on the market in 2019, keeping tabs on your loved one is within reach and budget.
What to Look For in a GPS Device for Your Loved One
Here are some things to consider when looking for a GPS tracker for an elderly or senior loved one:
Do you want the a watch, keychain tracker, or just a vehicle tracker? Each type of device and its options offer different benefits and there are some versatile ways to use each. For example, many GPS devices labeled as “vehicle trackers” can double as general location trackers.
Distance Tracking Capability
Do you just want to track someone locally or globally? You’ll also need to think of how fast you want the location of your loved one to ping to the device’s application.
Almost all of the devices have some sort of monthly service charge for the tracking capability. Sometimes you can get a pretty good deal by paying for it annually versus monthly.
Devices We Recommend
Find some of the devices below that we recommend! We have also included a comparison table and the end of this article so you can see all the specs between them.
Vyncs Real-Time GPS Tracker with No Monthly Fee
Battery: Lasts forever!
Monthly Fee: No monthly fee! Just a $10 setup fee.
The Vyncs is our favorite GPS car tracker for seniors by far. It plugs into the car’s OBD port. If you’re not sure where that is, it’s that little cut out compartment under the dashboard. You can click here to find your car’s OBD port location. The installation is really easy and no tools are needed. You simply plug it in and it’s ready to go!
This also means that the Vyncs draws power from the vehicle rather than batteries or an external charger. Don’t worry – you don’t have to unplug it when not driving! It simply turns off when the car isn’t on. Even though the device turns off when the car isn’t in use, the information it provides is fully accessible at all times.
After you plug it in, the car updates in real-time on a phone app and on a login portal on their website. You can not only track your elderly relative’s real-time location on a map, but you can also see their route history, speed, and addresses of places visited. There are also geofence options to get alerts if your relative veers off their usual route.
The extra features are perfect for helping a senior with their vehicle, too. You can view the fuel level, milage, car battery health, and lots more! If tracking a car is enough for you, the Vyncs fleet is our favorite hands-down.
Spy Tec STI GL300 Mini GPS Tracker
Battery: 2 Weeks
Monthly Fee: $24.95/month up to $44.95/month. The cheaper monthly plan will update the device’s location every minute. The $44.95/month plan will update every 5 seconds. There is no contract and you can stop the device subscription anytime.
The Spy Tec allows you to track it via Google Maps in real-time. It also offers geofencing, which means you can get an alert whenever the tracker leaves a certain radius that you set up. What we really love about the Spy Tec is its battery life. It has an accelerometer that tells the battery when its in motion. When its not in motion, it runs on low battery power. The battery can last up to two weeks
Americaloc GL300W Mini Real Time GPS Tracker
Battery: 2 Weeks
Monthly Fee: $25 with no contract and no restrictions on how frequently it updates location
At 2.24 ounces, the Americaloc is much lighter than the 0.5 pound Spy Tec. It’s just about the same size, though. It, too, has geofencing capabilities and allows you to track it from a computer, tablet, or mobile device. It also has an accelerometer that will alert you if there’s device moves. What’s really great is its versatile monthly fee. Its monthly fee is $25 but there are several annual/monthly options and there’s no contract. There is no extra fee for the frequency of location updates. The three options are one minute, thirty seconds, and 10 seconds.
Optimus 2.0 GPS Tracker
Battery: 1-2 weeks
Monthly Fee: $19.95/month for 30 second updates or $25.00 for 10 seconds
The main thing that sets apart the Optimus is its app. It allows you break down departure times, to/from addresses, distance traveled, max speed, and various other data. These may not be entirely necessary if you’re looking for a GPS tracker for an elderly person. Nevertheless, it could be useful if you’re wanting to monitor how your loved one is driving. The basic monthly plan is $19.95 per month and has a report frequency of 30 seconds. The advanced monthly plan is $25.00 per month and updates location every 10 seconds.
Amcrest AM-GL300 V3 Portable Mini
Real-Time GPS Tracker
Battery: About 10 days
Monthly Fee: $19.99/month for real-time tracking
With the Amcrest, you can keep track with loved ones on your computer, tablet, or phone. It’s FCC certified and includes geofencing. It also allows you to set up text and email location alerts. Unlike the other GPS trackers, it has only one monthly fee option – $19.99. This gets you real-time tracking, unlimited text and email alerts, and it has no contract or activation fee.
Yepzon Freedom Advanced 3G WiFi GPS Tracker and Personal
Most of the other devices we are including in this review are meant for vehicles. That’s not to say that they can’t double as a tracker in a purse, luggage, or backpack. What’s sets the Yepzon apart is that it’s truly a GPS keychain tracker. Unlike the Tile, which runs on Bluetooth, this GPS keychain tracker actually pinpoints GPS and has 3G technology. The monthly fee is $5.95 a month. It pairs with a phone app and shows the tracking information there.