In this episode we discuss technology that can help improve the lives of seniors in their homes and the peace of mind of seniors’ families. We highlight some companies targeting the needs of seniors and point out where the consumer electronics industry misses opportunities with the senior marketplace.
Home technology is already making a positive difference in the lives of most people and seniors are no different. Technology can not only improve the lives of seniors but enable them to safely and comfortably live in their homes long than before (known as Aging in Place), even if they are living alone.
Tech can also give elder family members greater independence living at home. Many seniors who would have needed in-home caregiver support in the past can replace that intrusion on their lives with some form of remote monitoring. The capabilities of monitoring and the numbers it will benefit should only grow tremendously in the next several years.
Senior Care Corner is following technology for seniors closely and this is our first podcast report. The largest showcase for home technologies is the annual International CES (often called Consumer Electronics Show) from the Consumer Electronics Association. Our visit to the most recent showed the industry has a ways to go in targeting the needs of seniors with their products. At the same time, there are a number of companies with technology products targeted to specific needs of seniors and their families. The following are some of the resources we discuss.
- Connected Living for Social Aging: Designing Technology for All (an AARP report)
- Presto computerless email service
- Telikin Touch Computer
- Sonamba Wellbeing Monitor
- GrandCare Systems
We will be talking more about home technology for seniors in future episodes and posts. Please leave us a comment if there is a specific area or technology you would like us to cover.