People are living longer, by 2030 there will be 1 billion people aged 65 and older – 1 in 8 of the world’s inhabitants. Living independently is a fundamental desire among elders. But as we grow older, simple things can become difficult and we tend to lose confidence in our ability to live independently.
Technological innovations promise to help the elderly live in the comfort of their own home longer. Whether it’s as simple as a door sensor or as sophisticated as a complete home automation and security system, aging in place technology is changing the way we age. A dazzling array of new technology is giving older people more confidence in their ability to live at home, and it’s helping families feel secure that their older family members are able to live on their own.
Smartwatches are an exciting new development in technology for seniors. While they may be a fashion statement for younger folks, smartwatches transcend the cool factor and become genuinely functional for older people. Innovative software developers are using sophisticated sensors in wearable devices, like a smartwatch, to help seniors stay continuously connected to health care providers and family members.
One such technology solution is assistive tech for seniors. This cloud-based service connects wearables, such as the Samsung Gear S2 to smart home technology. This enables seniors to perform everyday household tasks with the flick of the wrist. By using simple hand gestures, users can operate lights, locks, thermostats, televisions and smart appliances.
The same system can be used to keep health care providers and family members informed of certain metrics that have been set up. For example, data will be collected on activities like what time the senior got out of bed, what tasks they’re having trouble with, monitoring health signals (like when they take their medication, their blood pressure or glucose readings.) This helps everyone make better decisions about the care of the senior based on real-time data, not emotional or anecdotal information.
These systems are designed to be easy for seniors to master. Smartwatches for seniors require only 5 simple gestures to use, such as:
Typically, seniors master the gestures within 3 minutes. Smartwatch technology also includes a smartphone or tablet, which acts as the hub of the systems. Developers are finding that seniors really like using the tablets; once they learn how to use them they enjoy using the internet for other tasks and communication.
A remarkable feature of smartwatches is their design. The Samsung Gear S2 watches are sleek, fashionable and come in 6 different colors, removing the stigma of traditional medical assistant equipment typically designed for seniors. It’s the same smartwatch their grandchildren are wearing.
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