We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works.
-Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt
Aging in Place Technology
Mobile devices, wearables, and internet-based technologies oh my…Technology is changing the way we age. Older adults will be able to remain home by choice (aging in place) as well as have their health and safety enhanced by “Gero-technologies.”
What are Gero-technologies? Simply technology that is used to assist older individuals in maintaining, safety, independence, health/wellness, social connections, and support systems. The goal is to remain active, self-determined, and aging-in-place with a little help from technology.
Here are 10 Future Trends in Aging and Technology to look for:
1. Talking Street signs
2. Cars that will drive themselves
3. Doctor on Skype
4. Remote Patient Monitoring
5. Online Medical Records
6. Caregiver Robots
7. LED lights on everything!
8. Smart Homes that will age along with us
9. Sensors on just about everything
10. More apps that will track a wide range of body functions/needs
From toilets that monitor glucose levels to 3D printers that make heart valves, technology is changing how we grow older.
Movie Cyber Seniors: We All Need a Purpose for Getting up in the Morning
Stuff That Works (in real life) Worthy of Consideration
Care Merge: Simply Connecting Care
Social Interaction Tools: Any Time TV Redefining Independence
Motion Detectors: Grand Care Systems
Amdocs: Home Health Monitoring Solutions
Medication Reminders: Remind Seniors to take Medications
Smart Home Sensors
How Smart Tech will take care of Grandma
These are A Few of My Favorite Gero-Tech Things!
Flowban: Stops OverFlow
Giraffe: Mobile Robot Screen
GPS Technology: Phillips Life Line Go Safe
Path Lights: Easy Install Wireless night-time Path lights
Stove Guard: Shuts off stove if unattended for a set period
Technology for Seniors: Made Easy by Sheila
Ones to Watch in the Aging & Tech Sector
Laurie Orlov: Aging in Place Technology Watch
Leading Age: How Technologies can Facilitate Aging in Place
Beating Isolation with Aging-in-Place Technology: VIRTUAL SENIOR CENTER
“TELL A FRIEND!”
The Internet of Things (IoT)
Jesuit Paleontologist, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin in 1926 Paris, foresaw the emergence of the “noosphere” at a peak mystical moment referred to as the Omega Point. This moment would be the result of the interactions of increasing activity of human networks creating a highly charged “thinking layer.” This membrane would act as a mental sheath—a nervous system of geotechnology extending a closely interdependent network over the whole earth.
Wikipedia the Internet of Things