Technology For Seniors and Family Caregivers Makes Aging a Little Easier

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New technologies are making growing older easier. There are cell phones designed specifically for seniors, apps that remind you to take your medication, GPS devices on shoes and other personal affects to help loved ones keep tabs on a family member—the list goes on and on. These technologies are helping to keep aging loved ones safe and independent longer and giving families peace of mind when they are away from their loved ones.

Many seniors want to age in place, and new technologies and services are making it easier than ever for the elderly to remain independent and safe in the comfort of their own home. For example, BeClose is a technology that enables caregivers to track their loved ones’ daily routine and notifies them if anything out of the ordinary happens. Wireless sensors placed around the home and a wearable alert button transmit information to a private, secure web page for family members to view. This is a great option for out of town caregivers and those who can’t check in on their loved one in person daily.

Older Americans take nearly one-third of the medication prescribed in the U.S. each year, with a high percentage taking several different medications at a time. Managing multiple medications can be tricky for almost anyone, and it can be nearly impossible for someone suffering from dementia to keep track of which medications to take at what times. TabSafe is a medication management system that reminds the user when to take their medicine, dispenses the correct dosage, and alerts caregivers if a dose is missed. Given the potential consequences of missed or incorrect doses, TabSafe and similar technologies could truly be a lifesaver.

Many seniors don’t get enough daily exercise, and people often overestimate how much physical activity they are actually engaged in. Activity trackers like Fitbit and the UP by Jawbone can help you get a realistic idea of how much exercise you get a day and your calories burned, and they also have the added bonus of tracking your sleep patterns. Exercise trackers are typically bracelets or other small devices that clip to your clothes; some offer wireless syncing while others have to be connected to your computer or cell phone to sync the data. Either way, they are relatively simple to use and can help you reach your fitness and sleep goals.

With so many helpful caregiving tools and technologies on the market, a little research can help you figure out how to best keep your aging loved one safe and independent.

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