The number of seniors in the US is rapidly increasing, and according to the U.S. Census Bureau, senior citizens make up more than 13% of the population. In the not too distant future, approximately 76 million baby boomers will be added to that number. Many new #technologies have vastly improved #seniorcare and have given seniors and their families more peace of mind. Click To Tweet
Technology in Senior Care
Thanks to technology’s growth and innovation over the past couple decades, senior care has drastically improved. In addition, those living in assisted living are better able to stay connected with loved ones. Here are a few ways technology has positively impacted senior care and made elder care easier on both the caregiver, as well as older adults.
There have been numerous advancements in medical technology. Along with innovations in surgery and pharmaceuticals, medical technology has also connected doctors and specialists across the world, allowing them to share data and learn from one another. New medical technologies are also allowing healthcare professionals to remotely monitor and maintain connected equipment.
While your aging loved one might not be able to drive and use their GPS, it can come in handy and even save lives if they become lost. Sometimes, family members suffering dementia or Alzheimer’s can become disoriented, wander, and forget how to get home. GPS is the perfect way to keep them safe. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “More than 60% of those the Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia will wander.” GPS can help keep them from harm.
Security cameras provide multiple ways of keeping your senior loved one safe. If your loved one is healthy enough for independent living, it can give family members peace of mind that their loved one is safe and hasn’t fallen. If your loved one is being cared for at an assisted living cottage, cameras on computers or other devices can provide valuable communication in between visits.
Digital Pill Dispensers
When seniors age and have medical issues, they usually have a medication regimen they need to stick to. Unless they’re being cared for in an assisted living home, this can become confusing and a challenge remembering when to take what and how much of what to take. Now, with technological advances, there are digital pill dispensers to take away the chance of taking too much or taking the incorrect pill. There are even locked models which open when the time is appropriate, and are highly efficient and helpful for seniors with dementia and Alzheimers.
The different online applications that have come available over the past few years has been a blessing for many seniors and their caregivers. There are numerous apps to download (many free) to help set medication reminders, check heart rate or collect information to share with their doctor. Smartphone apps also allow seniors to connect with loved ones and visit with grandchildren through video chat, social media, and other ways to stay connected to family. Apps can also provide entertainment, from games and music to movies.
Personal Emergency Response System
We have all seen the “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” commercials, but dangers like falling do happen and emergency response services for seniors have saved lives. Over the past 20 years, these devices have been updated and improved, so check around for a device that offers options you and your loved senior needs. If your loved one is at risk of falling, assisted living can provide a safe and supervised environment, virtually eliminating the dangers associated with living alone.
The Role of Technology in Senior Care
Whether your loved one receives home care or lives in an assisted care center, technology can make a positive difference in your senior’s life by keeping them safe, making sure they stay on top of their medications, and connecting them with loved ones.
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