How Technology Is Making It Easier for Seniors to Age in Place

“You are always free to choose what you do with your life. To make changes in your future, make new choices today.” – Brian Tracy

Deciding where to reside in our older age is not easy. The vast majority of older adults choose to age in place in the comfort of home, but it’s not without concerns. Will it be safe? How about mobility issues or any other physical limitations? What if a senior falls and can’t get up?

Thankfully, there are a large variety of solutions that make aging in place feasible for older adults. Technology, for example, is regularly evolving and developing, providing solutions to the difficulties that may arise as we grow older. Just consider some of these tech devices and how they’re enhancing life at home for seniors!

Remote Patient Monitoring

Remote patient monitoring connects patients to their physicians in innovative ways: wearable devices to track vital signs, smart pill bottles with sensors, bio-ingestible capsules seniors can swallow, even electronic tattoos that can measure the progression of pneumonia. It’s a step beyond telehealth appointments, delivering more comprehensive data on an individual’s medical condition than can be determined via a video chat.

Home Safety

Smart devices bring peace of mind to an older adult living alone – and to the members of the family who love them. Older adults can select from individual products that meet a specific need, for example, a smart door lock, doorbell, or fire alarm, or an entire smart security system with all of these features and much more.

In addition, a smart speaker system such as Amazon Echo or Google Nest Audio operates by voice command, a vital component to a home technology system. The senior can simply say what they need, for example, calling for help, and technology takes care of it.

Whole Home Automation

For those who prefer to jump into technology with both feet, a central control system will allow for a variety of functions to be executed at the touch of a tablet or smartphone, such as lights, security camera systems, sensors, window shades, thermostat, music, Wi-Fi, and more.

Michael Miller, author of My Smart Home for Seniors, sums up the advantages of technology for older adults: “Technology helps all homeowners, but especially seniors, by automating things that are a pain or difficult to do.”

Needless to say, a human touch is definitely essential for independent and safe living at home, regardless of how many tech tools we utilize! Contact Seniorcorp at 757-640-0557 for personalized in-home care in Suffolk and nearby areas that helps older adults truly thrive.