Technology for Seniors

Aging Americans often share their dismay – and sometimes frustration – with living in a world that looks so different from the one they were raised in. While older adults (defined as those aged 65 and older) may have resisted new technology at first, it appears the hesitation is waning as they find the necessity, and sometimes the joy, of being connected in this now “digital world.”

A 2012 Pew Research Center study found that seniors in America are adopting new technologies at a higher rate than ever with more than half of older adults being users of the internet and online services. Furthermore, with the fast-growing trend of I.O.T. (Internet of Things), aging Americans have become a focal point of technology companies in a way that just might improve their lives beyond their imagination.

 

Online Financial Apps

Financial applications offered by large institutions offer the convenience of monitoring cash flow and investment accounts. For seniors living on investments and retirement savings and benefits, monitoring finances is critical. The online access also allows caregivers or grown children access to ensure that bills are being paid, benefits are received and, when necessary, offer ease in transferring funds from various accounts.

Reemo Health

Reemo Health, a Minneapolis-based startup, allows seniors to share health and wellness information with key stakeholders to improve the quality of care, while reducing unnecessary visits and expenses. The wrist-worn device can also help seniors manage menial tasks at home, such as controlling home devices with simple gestures. Stakeholders (such as caregivers or adult children) can monitor their loved one’s activity and vitals remotely, as well as identify any changes in patterns or habits that may be alarming.

LiveLife Mobile Alert

The LiveLife Mobile Alarm allows wearers to go about their lives with the comfort and confidence that should they need help, it’s only a press of a button away. The pendant is worn around their neck and uses the same cellular technology as a mobile phone. The unit, when activated, calls the five programmed emergency contacts (911 can also be included). It simultaneously sends ‘help’ messages via text with a link to Google Maps showing the pendant wearer’s location to within four yards. Seniors who are returning home from the hospital after a procedure or monitored care, or someone who is at risk of a fall at home, would benefit from wearable technology such as LiveLife Mobile Alarm.

iChoice Med-ReminderPLUS

iChoice Med-ReminderPlus is a wearable wristband that functions as a digital watch, and also sends medication alerts to remind the user when to take a certain medication. The alert can be set to vibrate or to show an assigned color LED. Once the user presses the side button, the watch will stop vibrating and the assigned color LED will flash and display the name of the programmed medication. Pressing the button a second time will log the medication as having been taken. The corresponding dashboard allows users and other stakeholders, such as caregivers or adult children caring for their parents a tool to monitor whether medications have been taken as prescribed.

While adopting new technology can be intimidating and at times frustrating, the benefits can outweigh the pain by enhancing our lives and connecting us with loved ones. Becoming more comfortable with how technology works will make it easier to integrate the new tools into your everyday life. To see how we are helping seniors live comfortable and engaged lifestyles, please visit our site or contact us

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