Karen Smith, who has been working for MePACS as the Head of Sales and Marketing for the last four years and has over 20 years experience in health, technology, digital and finance industries shared with Healthy Lombard that as the world faces an aging population crisis, we’re seeing more strain placed on our hospitals and healthcare system. The COVID-19 pandemic is one major factor that is increasing the number of people who’d prefer to age at home rather than enter a retirement or aged care home. This is understandable as older adults are at higher risk from the virus. Plus no one wants to let go of their independence or their home where they have made so many memories.
Family members would also like to see their older relatives age at home too, but they also want them to be safe. The problem is finding that balance, if you can’t always be around to check up on them.
Fortunately, there are now many smart devices which have been developed to suit elderly people who want to continue living at home. There are many reasons to choose a smart device for your elderly relative including safety, convenience and reliability. For example, technology that helps seniors with fitness and medical needs.
Health and fitness tracking gadgets
It’s important for seniors to maintain an active lifestyle and mobility because this can reduce their chances of having a fall. That doesn’t mean they need to be as active as they once were in their younger years, but even a 30-minute walk a day can keep bones strong and reduce the chances of health problems.
Smartwatches are popular devices to track a user’s daily steps and heart rate. It can also alert the person if they’ve been idle for too long. There are plenty of websites or apps that seniors can use to find an exercise routine that suits their fitness and mobility level, so they don’t strain themselves.
Devices for fall prevention
If you’re concerned your elderly relative could have a fall and would be unable to get help, there are devices that can keep them safe. Stairs can be dangerous for seniors who have arthritis, heart ailments or mobility issues, so installing a chairlift means they can avoid climbing the stairs. This is also a good option for people living with disabilities.
Other fall prevention devices include smartwatches that detect falls. This is especially useful for seniors who live alone and cannot call out to anyone for help. As the smartwatch is on their wrist, they can get help without needing to reach for a phone. This gives families peace of mind as falls are the most common injury in people aged 65 and over.
Gadgets for those who are a little forgetful
Forgetfulness is a normal part of aging. Simply misplacing your car keys is one thing but forgetting to turn off the stove could result in a fire. There are now smart stoves and smart ovens designed for seniors that can prevent a fire from starting. There are also smart devices that can detect water leaks or bath monitors that can shut off the water if it gets too high.
Another danger to seniors is forgetting to take their medication, or even worse taking it twice. There are automatic pill dispensers that can be stocked by a caregiver or loved one with several days’ worth of medication. This means they won’t forget to take their pills or risk doubling up on them.