More seniors are trying to stay at home, whether it’s an economic decision or an emotional decision, and trying to figure out how to use technology to make their stay at home more comfortable. Many people think that the use of technology for “aging services” is a costly indulgence. While the capital and upfront expenditures and training are high, the benefits of the initial work and investment may come much later.
The awareness of these technologies is low and some people consider products such as electronic pill dispensers, systems that monitor vital signs and sensors that detect whether an older American has fallen in their home or failed to turn off their stove as items that they may find in a hospital or nursing home. Many of these technologies can prevent or eliminate hospitalization and might actually only cost a couple hundred dollars versus the thousands required for nursing homes or full time care.
The Center For Aging Services Technology breaks down Aging Services Technology into three categories:
- Safety – Fall Prevention and monitoring
- Health and Wellness – Monitoring vital signs
- Social Connectedness – Technology for group activities such as Nintendo Wii and other games
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