New Technologies for Older Adults and Aging Generations
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New Technologies for Older Adults and Aging Generations

Older adults have special needs, including access to healthcare, staying connected to their families, and sometimes assistance with daily tasks.

Several technologies have come up in recent years, which aim at the aging population. They are devised for the elderly to make their living easier and comfortable, provide fast access to healthcare, and to enable them to stay connected with their family.

This is especially important in the times of COVID -19 when people are isolated, and it gets difficult to care for themselves. There is a sense of fear and insecurity among all generations.

We need a safe environment to share our fears and anxieties. Younger adults can make use of social media apps to stay connected. But in the case of older adults, it gets tricky. They have less access to technology and the internet, perhaps because this is new to them. They might find it difficult to read the tiny letters on the screen, which younger people can easily read and comprehend.

So, there’s a real need for innovation aimed specifically at the older generation, which can help them with their health concerns and enable them to stay connected with their family and caregivers.

Let’s discuss a few of the already available technologies.

Mobile Apps

WebMD

WebMD lets you check your symptoms, learn about conditions and drugs, and find a specialist in your area. It is useful for seniors who live either alone or in care facilities.

AARP now

AARP is now an app started by the American Association of Retired Persons. This provides details about the latest news and events in your area, making sure you don’t miss out on any of them.

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Zoom

Zoom helps you to stay in touch with your family through video calling and screen sharing features.

Facetime

Similar to Zoom, Facetime is available only on the iOS platform and enables you to make high-quality video calls to stay connected to family and friends.

BeMyEyes

BeMyEyes is a support community for those with vision loss. It has volunteers who help with tasks like reading small prints, matching clothes, or any other simple task that can be completed over live video.

Red Panic Button

Red Panic Button is a safety app designed for emergencies. The elderly person might use it when stuck and needs help. It sends out texts, emails, and tweets to all the emergency contacts.

Tapestry

Tapestry is a social media platform designed to connect older adults with their loved ones. You can share photos and messages with family members.

Pill Reminder Pro

Pill Reminder Pro gives you reminders to take the medications so that you won’t miss out on any of them. You can also add dosage and timings for multiple medicines.

Gherry

Gherry is a mobile app that allows you to track the health and wellness of an elderly person. It also gives alerts and reminders for medications. You can create a care circle by inviting your friends and family to coordinate a loved one’s care. You can also track the upcoming doctor’s appointments.

Other Interesting Technologies

Stair Lift

Stair Lift helps the person to go up and down the stairs easily. It’s beneficial for elderly people who find difficulty going up and down the stairs.

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Ageless innovations

Ageless innovations company makes robotic pets that are meant to offer companionship and foster happiness among older adults living independently or in care facilities. The lifelike robotic cats and dogs are a bundle of joy and calmness for the elderly.

TrueLoo

TrueLoo is a smart toilet developed by Toi Labs, which gets installed within minutes and scans the toilet bowl for information about the size, color, consistency, frequency, and shape of the stools. This can be used to diagnose health problems and provide early interventions.

Wearable sensor

Wearable sensors come in various forms, like wristbands, watches, pendants, shirts, headbands, shoes, caps, eyeglasses, belts, etc. They provide information about any change in gait or balance, like in Alzheimer’s patients. They also alert the physician in case the patient is experiencing any abnormal symptoms.

VitalTech

VitaleTech, a cloud-based platform, has launched VitalBand, a wearable watch that can monitor for falls, assess vital signs including respiration, pulse, oxygen saturation, sleep quality, and reminders for medications.

Neuro Rehab VR

Neuro Rehab VR was developed to rehabilitate the patients following stroke, brain damage, or spinal cord injury. It is a virtual reality program that uses machine learning to tailor different exercises as per the patient’s needs and ability.

Embodied Labs This was developed as a virtual reality program for caregivers of patients who have Alzheimer’s. Using these headsets, the caregiver can develop a better understanding of the patient’s problems. This helps cultivate empathy and improve the quality of care.

Conclusion

The advancement in technology is a continuous process, and we need to stay on top of it. This has improved our lives in several ways, and there’s much more to come. There is a huge potential for innovation in healthcare, and this will improve the ways of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases in the years to come.

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Author Bio

Alexandra Mark is a caregiving creative working in the design, research, and technology industries for over 15 years. She is the creator, co-founder, and CPO of Gherry, a digital care ecosystem enhancing the quality of life for caregivers, seniors, all care recipients, and their families, and supporting healthcare institutions. Inspired by her own experiences and guided by passion, uncompromising vision, and innovative thinking, she is on a permanent quest to improve independent aging, senior care, and family caregiving with new high-tech solutions.

New Technologies for Older Adults and Aging Generations

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