What types of technological solutions do older adults need?
There's a tech boom when it comes to solutions to improve the well-being of older adults. Startups and established companies alike are producing a growing number of gadgets and software products that promise to enhance these individuals' quality of life and help them stay in touch with family and friends. While there are many "senior tech" items available, some seem to be much more beneficial than others.
In a recent USA TODAY piece, the most useful solutions to help adults age in place were discussed. Here are a few of the publication's suggestions:
Social isolation is a problem for many older adults, but they don't necessarily want to use smartphones because the screens are too small and they are complicated to operate. USA TODAY suggests providing older adults with tablets or very basic computers in order to video chat.
"By age 70, people are taking an average of 12 medications a day," the source states. "The inability to take them unsupervised accounts for up to 40 percent of nursing home admissions. The good news is that tech has stepped in with a solution in the form of automatic pill reminders."
For adults in otherwise good health, a pill reminder can reduce the need for a daily visit from a caregiver.
Children don't want to spy on their aging parents, but they want to make sure that their loved ones haven't hurt themselves. Sensors can keep track of where a person is moving throughout the house without being obtrusive.
Aging adults will embrace technological solutions that are relevant to them and allow them to retain their independence. Independa's home care technology solutions can enrich the lives of older adults.
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