Daily life becomes a challenge during old age. Accomplishing even the most basic tasks can be difficult and troublesome for the elderly.
Luckily, advancements in technology for seniors are changing the face of aging. New solutions in consumer technologies have drastically improved the quality of life for seniors, allowing many of them to age in place.
Take a look at these five technological solutions that are improving elderly care:
The accuracy of the GPS has improved by leaps and bounds over the last decade. Today, this technology has proven to be very useful not just for navigation and identifying locations, but also for tracking people.
GPS tracking devices can help locate seniors, especially those with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, that have the habit of wandering and getting lost. The trackers can be ironed on clothing, inserted insoles of shoes, or placed in handbags and routine accessories.
These devices allow you to follow the wearer’s movement on your phone or tablet and send you an update (usually through email or text message) of the person’s current location. Some models may even include a feature that raises an alarm if the senior has wandered beyond designated boundaries.
Medication management tools
Most elderly have to take multiple prescriptions in a day. And for most seniors who are living by themselves, keeping track of their medications can be both a burden and a challenge.
While the use of pillboxes can help to a certain extent, they cannot guarantee adherence to the prescribed medication schedule. Old people tend to forget things frequently and need more proactive reminding.
Nowadays, seniors and their caregivers can use the assistance of smartphone apps for medication management. By sending alerts and reminders when it’s time to take specific prescriptions, these tools help reduce the risk of errors and missed medications.
Health tracking tools
Health tracking tools can assist seniors (and loved ones) in monitoring their physical and mental health. There are plenty of apps and cloud-based health tracking systems that can store critical health and medical data such as blood pressure and glucose monitors, medication schedules, and physician contacts. The best thing about these apps is that they allow easy access and sharing of information with loved ones and medical professionals.
For seniors who want to stay active, there are also wearable health tracking devices to monitor movement, heart rate, and physical activities throughout the day.
Video chat services and social media
Social engagements keep seniors sharper for longer, however, face-to-face interactions aren’t always an option for seniors due to various reasons. For seniors who live alone or have mobility issues, social media platforms, and video chat services is the next best alternative to in-person conversations.
Family members who live far away or cannot visit frequently can check-in via Skype or Facebook messenger. Conversely, seniors can simply press a button whenever they want to communicate with their friends and loved ones.
Home security and wireless monitoring systems
The majority of seniors wish to stay in their own homes as they age. If you’re worried about your elderly loved one staying alone, there are a number of technological solutions that you can utilize to make their home safer for them.
Home monitoring cameras can help you keep an eye on your senior family member and their caregivers remotely. However, if a camera feels too invasive, you can also explore sensor-based monitoring options.
Another must-have for seniors living independently is PERS or Personal Emergency Response System – a device that they can use to easily call for help in any emergency situation. Additionally, home security devices such as alarms and motion detectors are also very useful for alerting residents if there are any suspicious movements in the property at night.
Your loved ones need a helping hand to enjoy a more independent and convenient lifestyle as they get older. These tech solutions (and many others) can be that helping hand that eases their transition into old age.
About the Author
Melissa Andrews is the Content Marketing Strategist for Paradise Living Centers, an assisted living center for seniors with locations in Paradise Valley and Phoenix, Arizona. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and going on hiking trips with her siblings and cousins.