TECHY: Aging in Place Drones



A man and woman laying in bed smiling for the camera.

“It was a country life, a precious existence.”

~ Fennel Hudson, A Meaningful Life – Fennel’s Journal – No. 1


Aging in Place Technology

At one time rural America was young; that is quickly changing with the demographic transition. Today, over 16.5 percent of rural Americans are age 65 or older, a higher proportion than in other parts of the country:

The last of the baby boomers will reach age 65 by 2030 when one in five Americans are expected to be of retirement age. Most of the retirees will be women. Rural places will be more affected by aging than urban areas, not only because rural areas are demographically older but because rural older residents receive lower Social Security and pension benefits than urban elders. Congressional Briefing on Aging in Rural America:21st Century Trends

~E. Helen Berry, Utah State University and Nina Glasgow, Cornell University

This means that many of the social concerns and challenges with aging in place in urban or suburban areas are considerably magnified in rural settings.

Rural Aging: 3 Potential Solutions

  1. Drones to deliver goods/services to rural aging in place seniors and baby boomers

If drones can deliver beer, pizza, and your next Amazon purchase, they can certainly do the same with mom’s heart pills.

  1. Drones Capable of saving lives: Ambulance Drones

The Future of Healthcare is here:

  1. Robotic Surgery for rural community hospitals and “Modernizing Rural Health Care”


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