Tips Using Technology to Help Older Adults Keep Their Independence

Old age will no longer mean losing one’s independence as cutting-edge technology is here to make the homes smarter and safer for this generation. With memory and mobility issues the most common problems faced by them is that of fire from unattended cooking equipment, running water in the tub. Walk-in baths and stairlifts have made life easier to a large extent but there is still scope for more. A few technologies worth checking out.

  1. Invest in a GPS Smart sole, and attach it to your loved one’s shoe. This was you can be always aware of where they are on your smart devices. There are other GPS enabled devices that they can wear and remove easily. You will get a notification if the battery is low or removed.
  2. Personalized technology to send reminders for medication doses, daily exercise routine and so on.
  3. It is now possible to connect your smartphone with your parents’ Fitbit and get an insight into their daily routine and note any changes promptly.
  4. Apps on the smartphone to connect with doctors virtually when unwell. This is very well complimented by online pharmacies which will be able to send medications without them having to wait for the opening of the pharmacy or go in person.
  5. Devices that record personalized messages and reminders and broadcast it at scheduled timing in the house. You can set it up for giving a reminder about medication or having dinner or about an upcoming event. There are also devices which remind users to take their medication and in case that reminder is forgotten they beep and even if that goes unnoticed, they inform the caregiver or a related family member.
  6. For the lonely seniors, there are robot companions which not only give company but also work as alarm clocks and give reminders. All these devices are connected to the home security system.

YourSmartHomeGuide has great reviews about smart devices suitable for older adults.