“Do you want to track the activities and daily routines of your aging loved ones who live far away, by monitoring when they use their electronic appliances? We have AI for that.”
Families worry about their aging loved ones who live independently. They want to know if Grandma is safe and healthy. Years ago, the popular gadget for the elderly was the “I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up” monitor. Today’s artificial intelligence technology has rocketed miles beyond those days. Now, AI helps improve senior citizen health and well-being.
Even the Jetsons Did Not Think of These Innovations
It is almost surreal what you can do with technology today. Do you want to track the activities and daily routines of your aging loved ones who live far away, by monitoring when they use their electronic appliances? We have AI for that. If Grandpa always gets up and makes his coffee at 7 am, but it is 10 am and he has not done so, you can send someone to check on him.
Here are some additional tech inventions and services designed to make life better for seniors:
- You can find a caregiver who has the exact skills your aging loved one needs at a price she can afford.
- Seniors can keep track of their daily activities, vital signs, and medications, using Cloud technology.
- Family members can remotely participate in the care decisions of their independent aging loved ones through video chat with care providers.
- An updated version of the “I’ve fallen” button provides greater peace of mind for the senior and relatives.
- A caregiving companion is a hybrid of high-tech and real human interaction, providing 24-7 social interactions between seniors and real people who can, through their electronic devices, remind them to eat or take their medication, or who can just talk with them to prevent loneliness and isolation.
- Whether you are a patient or a nurse, you can reach a doctor remotely through the use of technology, without the patient having to go to the hospital or doctor’s office.
- A doctor can access a patient’s medical records from multiple service providers, to make sure what the doctor prescribes will not cause an adverse reaction with another medication or treatment of the patient.
- Patients battling depression can get help remotely, either online or by telephone.
The Human Touch
In addition to the high-tech advances for seniors, some innovative start-up companies provide face-to-face services to help improve daily life for aging adults and their families. Even if you have a large, involved family who lives close to an elderly relative, taking grandma to all of her doctor visits and other appointments can wreak havoc on everyone’s work schedule.
Either the entire burden falls on one person who was already busy, or the family members use up their sick days and personal days off from work to get her where she needs to go. A start-up company in Florida matches college students with elderly clients to provide transportation or companionship for the seniors. The company is a “grandkids on demand” service.
Another company offers an alternative to traditional assisted living centers. The service links seniors with private caregiver homes instead of nursing homes. This option can be less expensive and more personalized than a large assisted living facility.
If you have concerns about your elderly loved-one’s well-being and would like legal advice, talk with an elder law attorney near you.
The Columbus Dispatch. “Tech startups, innovations attend to seniors’ health, quality of life.” (accessed December 19, 2017) http://www.dispatch.com/news/20171211/tech-startups-innovations-attend-to-seniors-health-quality-of-life
Reader’s Digest. “The 10 Smartest Innovations in Senior Living You Never Knew About.” (accessed December 19, 2017) https://www.rd.com/culture/smart-tech-top-10-innovations-in-senior-living/