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Technology is something that advances in many different areas. We are all aware of how things move, and whether it is on a business or on a personal level, there is only a matter of time before technology will become a huge part of our lives. Whether we embrace it or not. However, one area we are going to be seeing a huge development with is how technology is going to help the elderly community. Our aging population is growing at a rapid rate, and as people are living longer, there needs to be things in place to let them live independently and keep their dignity for as long as physically possible. Here are three ways that technology will enhance the later years in life.
Better care within retirement homes
Care homes or retirement complexes and living spaces are starting to get more oversubscribed as people are living for longer. But while this may not necessarily be a bad thing, it does mean that we have to think about the facilities that are on offer. This is why care and retirement homes are looking into more ways to ensure the safety and health of their inhabitants. For example, alarm systems from skyresponse will enable a faster response when things aren’t going so well for someone. Normally this would need to still be a manual function, but soon we may see technology taking over letting relevant authorities know what and when something is needed.
Wearable tech gives you control
We will start to see an increase in wearable technology, for example, smart watches. This is when someone could be wearing a watch that is linked to a smart device of theirs or a relative's. The watch can monitor heart rate and exercise levels, much like what an Apple watch does now, but it could also be programmed to remind people to take their medications or even let them know about hospital or doctor appointments. This enables someone to still live independently but have that reassurance that someone is monitoring from afar. The wearable technology can help someone keep tabs on their own health levels. Whether they are getting enough exercise or burning off enough calories throughout the day. At some point, this wearable technology will be linked to what we eat and how we live our lives generally.
Communication advancements to keep the mind active
For anyone, an active mind is vitally important, and the advancements within the communication side of technology are fierce. Right now, we have things like Facetime and Skype, which is a revelation for our older generation. Having a smartphone that is adaptable to this sort of technology means that they can see family in real time, keep up to date with their grandchildren and generally stay in tune with the outside world. Communication will grow from here as it links to the wearable technology. Signals to make calls from something you might wear on your wrist are all things we are starting to see right now. For example, with the Apple watch, you can answer calls on your watch and reply to text messages.
These are just a few examples of how we can use tech to enhance the lives of our older relatives and friends.
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