Elevating Quality of Life Through Medical Advancements
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Elevating Quality of Life Through Medical Advancements

Aging can bring joy and hardship into our lives. Tasks that were once effortless may become difficult as we age. However, with cutting-edge technologies, the golden years can shine a bit brighter. New and developing medical advances are emerging every day to make life and old age better. These assistive tools and sophisticated medical devices can support everyday tasks and facilitate communication and care management.

With the implementation of assistive technology, people can improve day-to-day function and experience a better quality of life. This is vital in our society, as the population is aging and people are living longer. For example, recent projections show that the U.S. could see a population of 72 million people over 65 in the next 20 years. Many of these people will require daily care at home to support recovery or management of chronic conditions.

Presently, there are 7.6 million people in the U.S. receiving home healthcare. These patients frequently require durable medical equipment (DME). This physician-prescribed equipment ranges widely from hospital beds or lifting chairs to oxygen equipment and sleep apnea devices.

DME is a part of assistive technology, which also includes assistive listening devices called frequency modulation systems. These innovative systems connect hearing aids to smartphones and other media for hearing-impaired individuals. Similarly, software products can be interfaced with screens to magnify text and images.

We’re already aware of how beneficial walkers and fall detectors can be for seniors or mobility-impaired patients. Now, there are innovative ways to increase independence in the home beyond what was thought possible. For instance, talking thermostats are ideal for people with mobility issues, as are video doorbells. As these digital and wireless technologies advance and more devices become available, individuals who have speech, hearing, and voice disorders are experiencing more meaningful communication with the people in their lives.

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Another medical advancement that is increasing independence is smart prosthetics. Using advanced engineering, limb prostheses can now be equipped with pattern recognition and intuitive control technology to help artificial limbs function more naturally. Likewise, specialists can use 3D-printed organs for transplant and create customized prostheses at much lower costs. Bioprinting is an exciting advancement that produces living tissues to assist in surgery, medical procedures, student training, and scientific testing.

As such technologies continue to progress and become seamlessly integrated into our lives, we can’t help but wonder what we’ll see next. For more information on the technologies of today and tomorrow, please see the accompanying resource by Coapt Engineering.

This infographic was created by Coapt Engineering, an integrated prosthetics company

Elevating Quality of Life Through Medical Advancements

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