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Aging In Place Technology For Senior Citizens Part 1 - Wearables

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 9, 2015 12:00:00 PM / by Jeff LaBombard

Wearable technology for Senior Citizens

Safe Senior living is much easier these days

As most families are in full Holiday Season mode, we are constantly being bombarded by advertisements pushing the latest and greatest technology. However, take a moment to remember the last time you saw an advertisement for technology related to Senior Citizens. As we clamor for the next best cell phone, it's important to remember that for similar costs, you can buy peace of mind with your elder loved ones this Holiday Season. In this three-part blog series we will outline some of the most practical and interesting technology that can help keep your elder loved one safe at home. 

Top Wearable Sensor Technologies

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), one out of five falls among Senior Citizens over the age of 65 result in broken bones or a head injury. A twenty percent chance of falling and having a serious injury is a scary statistic, and the first line of defense should be to alter your loved one's home to help prevent those falls from even occurring. However, a great compliment to altering your living situation is preventative/assistive wearable technology to help keep your loved one safe. This list outlines three types of wearable technology that will keep your elderly loved one safe while alone.

  • Wearable technology for Senior CitizensPersonal Emergency Response Systems (PERS): 
This popular technology ranges widely from simple fall-detection necklaces/bracelets to large pressure pads. This is usually the cheapest option for buying some peace of mind because the main purpose of a PERS is to immediately call 911 and alert caretakers if any type of fall or sudden movement occurs. As these devices usually tie into your phone-line, you should make sure you have a working land-line in the house for emergency calls. These devices can range in price from $100 up to $1,000 depending on how integrated you want the system to be and usually come with varying tech-support packages, but are well worth the years of safety they will provide. 
  • Vital Signs and Movement Monitors: 
Wearable technology for Senior CitizensDepending on the needs of your elderly loved one, there are a number of gadgets out there to monitor vital signs and/or the persons movement throughout the day. They can monitor things such as heart rate/rhythm, blood pressure, oxygen saturation etc. and send data to a variety of different reporting dashboards, including your doctors office! Similar to body monitors, there are some advanced motion detection gadgets out there that report when certain movements are triggered. For example, Alert.com offers a system that can alert your phone if your loved one hasn't gotten out of bed by 10am. These are definitely the more expensive options when it comes to wearable safety but they offer advanced safety monitoring that might take the place of personal and expensive care-giver options. Also, these options can sometimes be covered by health insurance so be sure to ask your loved one's doctor or care-giving agency. 
  • Wearable technology for Senior CitizensWearable Clothing Airbags: 
Arguably the most far-fetched of technology are airbags within your clothing that will deploy when a fall is in progress. This technology can sense when a fall is occurring and deploy an airbag to cushion the impact. Although this technology seems pretty new right now, some companies are working hard to make sure this kind of elder protection is a cheap and effective option in the future. 

Wearable Technology Is the Future

With Baby Boomers being the largest generation to ever hit retirement, this market is poised for some really great innovations to keep wearable technology a safe and cost-effective way to take care of your loved ones. Although this type of technology is not as glamorous as a new cell phone or smart TV, think twice this holiday season about what technology you spend your money on - buying peace of mind will outlive any new gadget fad. 

 

Please feel free to Contact Us or download our self-assessment to see if your loved one's home is as safe as possible. 

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Jeff LaBombard

Written by Jeff LaBombard

Jeff is a co-owner of AIP Builders and the youngest of the family team. His passion lies in utilizing the latest design and technology for staying safe at home.

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