Technology in the Home is Helping Elders Stay Independent
Monitoring involves the use of technology to keep caregivers or family members apprised of elder adult’s status. This may include something as simple as calling an elder on the telephone to sensors in the home that track an individual’s movements.
Assisting technology can help an older person perform activities that might otherwise be difficult or not be possible. From a walker to a magnifying glass to a scooter, anything that helps the elderly continue to participate in daily activities is considered assisting technology.
Devices that monitor cognitive function, wound care, diabetes, vital signs, and more in older adults present other practical uses of technology. This type of tele-monitoring is defined as the use of IT to monitor people at a distance.
These three forms of technology have allowed millions of Americans to remain independent at home, while enjoying the quality of life they deserve. Here are other benefits that technology provides for elder adults:
- Performing daily living activities that might otherwise be difficult or not be possible
- Obtaining faster assistance in an emergency
- Lengthening the time they are able to remain in their homes
- Decreasing anxiety about falling
- Environmental factors (such as home temperature) can be monitored
- Enhancing their sense of security
- Increasing confidence in performing everyday activities
- Family and friends benefit from peace of mind
How Can I Learn More?
Visit the Eldercare Locator page (linked below), a public service of the Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a nationwide service that connects older Americans and their caregivers with information on senior services. Here is a link to their website with more Assistive Technology information:
- How Can I Tell if Assistive Technology is Right for Me? http://www.eldercare.gov/Eldercare.NET/Public/Resources/Factsheets/Assistive_Technology.aspx#how
- How Can I Pay for Assistive Technology? http://www.eldercare.gov/Eldercare.NET/Public/Resources/Factsheets/Assistive_Technology.aspx#pay
- Where Can I Learn More About Assistive Technology? http://www.eldercare.gov/Eldercare.NET/Public/Resources/Factsheets/Assistive_Technology.aspx#where
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