By Chris and Laurie Kemp, CSAs
A recent article in the Huffington Post discussed how technology may change aging in the next 10 years. There are many technologies already helping seniors stay independent longer. These technologies generally help seniors to accomplish tasks and stay safe in their home, whether it is a house, a condo or an apartment.
These technologies currently include things like:
- Pill dispensers that will call someone if pills are missed
- Fall detectors that know if you just sat down or fell down
- Activity sensors that can notify someone if your eating habits change
- GPS devices that can help track someone who suffers from dementia
- And many more
These technologies have been around for sometime, however, there are new ones on the horizon. There has been much work around cars that drive themselves. These along with signs that will communicate with the car and tell you where you are could be a boon to aging drivers.
When we were growing up, doctors used to do house calls. While that is unlikely to come back, using Skype and other video calls, you could have a doctor’s visit without leaving your home. This is a technology that is already in use in remote locations.
There are technologies from the simple to the complex on the horizon. On the simple side are handbags that have LED lights in them and menus the have LED lights on them. Both make it easier to find things in low light situations. On the complex side there are robots. While the wide use of robots maybe a ways off, they are testing ones that can help people get out of bed and transfer to a wheelchair.
Our goal as we age is to stay as independent as we can for as long as we can. New and old technologies can assist us in doing that.