Innovations to Improve the Quality of Life
Getting older is an inevitable part of life. While historically, a person's twilight years might have been a time of decreasing independence and increasing difficulty, old age for future generations could be different. Technology is moving at an unprecedented rate in all sectors, and while it may not have been the inventor's original intention, many of the innovations coming to market have the potential to improve the prospect of becoming a senior citizen.
Here are just a handful of the exciting innovations and concepts being demonstrated and perfected right now that could improve the quality of life for older people.
Health monitoring technology
When it comes to health, knowledge is power. Wearable health monitors are already available to measure your heart rate, sleep routine, and blood pressure. In some instances, the devices will send the relevant data to your medical professional in real-time so they can alert you if any action needs to be taken. In addition, you can also test for a range of diseases using home test kits (click here for a list) that used to be only available at the doctor's office.
A major factor in maintaining quality of life as people age is keeping as much independence as possible. Being able to travel around without assistance is a significant part of that, but sadly, mobility problems or a loss of eyesight often make it difficult. This is why the work on self-driving automobiles is so interesting for the senior community. A car that will take care of the practicalities of driving and navigation while you sit back and relax could be a game changer for many people.
Home help devices
The other side to maintaining independence as you age is the ability to care for yourself in your own home. There are many elements to consider, including a person's ability to move around the house safely, prepare their own meals, bathe themselves, dress themselves, take their medication, and ensure the home (and any outside space) is clean, tidy, and secure.
While they may not replace having friends or family members around to help, technology could go a long way toward solving some of these issues for the elderly. Just a few examples include robot cleaners, voice assistant technology, smart doorbells, or even a small robot to bring you a drink or fetch your phone in an emergency. There are also real human caregivers at alinahomecare.com who provide in-home care to suit your needs.
Innovative hearing aid devices
Hearing aids are being developed, and the range available is widening all the time. However, one of the more futuristic innovations being demonstrated is a pair of glasses that are not only built with the correct prescription for your vision but will also help with hearing loss.
The lenses of the glasses will display captions based on the conversation it picks up on around you so you can read what is being said. These glasses are some way off being generally available, but they certainly signal the incredible possibilities of the future.
Technology for human connection
While not 'new,' it is important to acknowledge the continuing advancements in communications technology, including hardware and software. From video calling on a cellphone or laptop to being able to receive digital images of your grandchildren directly to a photo frame on your nightstand, staying in touch with family and friends has never been easier. Whether you are hindered by a lack of mobility, transportation, or distance, technological innovations and the constantly evolving world of social media enable you to stay connected to the people who matter.
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