In order to keep up with our nation’s aging population, several tech innovators have created a wide range of new gadgets and gizmos to help keep seniors entertained, connected, and safe in their homes. From video chats to GPS, these inventions are certain to meet the needs of seniors today.
Senior-Friendly Video Chatting
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “At Wilson Commons, a retirement community on the south side of Milwaukee, residents are making video calls to family and friends even if they have never heard of Skype, much less ooVoo, Tango or Google Video.” Wilsons Commons is among the first customers of BrightLife Innovations, a company that sets up video calls for retirement communities.
Helping seniors stay connected to friends and family is a key element of warding off depression and loneliness. Seniors that live at home with the help of a caregiver can also enjoy video chatting. Caregivers can set daily reminders in their home care software to help seniors get connected online.
Techno-games for Rehab
In the past few years, a variety of scientific journals have published research on the benefits of technology-based “exergames” for physical rehabilitation. Playing virtual-reality or other technology-assisted games have shown to reduce falls while improving flexibility and balance. Incorporating exercise into a senior’s daily routine is important, but should focus on fun. Again, caregivers can use ClearCare’s home care system to set daily tasks for such activities.
GPS for Tracking Dementia Patients
The number of seniors suffering from dementia is expected to increase significantly in the following decades. As of 2010, there were an estimated 35.6 million dementia sufferers worldwide. This number is expected to almost double every 20 years – to an estimated 115.4 million by 2050. One of the most common concerns among family members of dementia patients is the tendency to wander. Researchers are working on a prototype GPS application to locate lost dementia patients. Another company is developing a “Smart Shoe,” which would also track dementia patients via GPS.
Home Care System and Home Care Software
Although not new to the senior care field, home care software is continually making improvements and enhancements that benefit seniors and their families. ClearCare’s home care system, the most innovative home care software on the market, offers a comprehensive care management solution for agencies, their caregivers and clients. A reliable home care system allows more seniors to enjoy their independence and age in place at home. Family members have the opportunity to check in on their loved one’s daily care via ClearCare’s web-based home care software – which gives incomparable peace of mind.
No doubt the upcoming years will bring even more technological advances to benefit seniors and their families. ClearCare’s home care system will certainly continue to offer outstanding service and exciting new features to help keep our nation’s seniors safe and secure at home.