How Technology Assists Aging in Place
Posted on January 6th, 2016
Modern technology offers many benefits for all ages. For seniors, the right technology can be the key for aging in place. Aging in place as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is "The ability to live in one's own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level."
With the help of some innovative technology, aging in place is possible for the 10,000 Americans who turn 65 years old each day. From health apps available on smart phones and tablets to daily living aids like a tub transfer bench or folding shower seat, there are many ways a home can be transformed for safe, happy aging in place.
A gentle reminder for taking medication, feeding the cat or when it's time to get ready for an appointment is helpful for anyone. Reminder Rosie is a voice-controlled alarm clock that can be programmed with up to 25 different personal reminders. Seniors living alone can enjoy their independence without the stress of having to remember several tedious daily tasks. A family member, friend or even the senior can program Reminder Rosie, so it's always a familiar voice. The vocal reminders can be heard up to 100 feet away from the device.
The grandCARE System
With any internet connection, you can run the grandCARE system to assist aging in place through activity monitoring, help with health management and even by providing social media/engagement features. Seniors can enjoy a system that's user-friendly, while their family and/or caregivers have access to the system from any internet connection. This connection allows family and caregivers to check-on their senior, access wellness data, set up alerts/reminders for medication and even communicate directly through the senior's grandCARE device. One of the system's benefits is that it's adaptable to changing needs.
Modern technology has inspired home goods manufacturers to create innovative items that make daily life for aging seniors safer and more comfortable. Walk-in bathtubs and walk-in showers provide independence and make bathing safer for seniors and anyone with limited mobility. A large, walk-in shower with folding shower seat reduces the need of climbing up and into a tub/shower or finding a sturdy shower chair that will fit the space. A folding seat can be moved into an upright position when not needed so the walk-in shower is ideal for guests and anyone else living in the household.
There are dozens of reliable, user-friendly health apps that a senior can access via a smart phone, computer or their AARP RealPad tablet. Consider apps like HealthTap which offers access to a network of 47,000 U.S. licensed doctors who can respond to health questions and iPharmacy an app that not only will remind you to take your medication but also will identify pills if needed. The StandApp reminds you when it's time to get up, stand and move about. This is a simple yet effective to get a bit more activity in to a normal day and it's great for any age.
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