According to recent U.S. Census results, nearly fifteen percent of Americans are 65 years of age or older. All indications point toward that number continuing to climb at a rapid clip, so much so that the Census estimates that by 2060 over-65ers will account for as much as twenty percent of the total population. As this demographic increases year after year, and as life expectancies for many continue to rise, emphasis on the importance of technological innovations in aging populations grows. Two areas of particular interest involve the role of tech breakthroughs in digital healthcare and in-home quality of life for over-50 Americans.
Improved Digital Healthcare
As our homes and our lives become more connected via the internet of things (IoT), healthcare for aging populations grows in its efficiency and effectiveness. Right now, all signs points towards a digital healthcare revolution just on the horizon. Many see this taking place (for now) in three key areas: telehealth, remote patient monitoring, and behavior modification:
- Telehealth creates opportunities for patients with reduced mobility (or patients who are simply busy!) to have “appointments” with their healthcare providers from the comfort of their homes.
- Remote patient monitoring is just what it sounds like. For patients that can be classified as high risk, biometric sensors on the patients’ bodies can wirelessly transmit crucial data around the clock to healthcare professionals. Remote patient monitoring allows for quick reaction times to medical emergencies from the comfort of your home.
- Behavior modification also relies on biometric sensors as well as notification systems on smartphones and smartwatches to remind and encourage patients toward healthier lifestyle choices.
Taken together, advances in digital healthcare (which are only just beginning) promise vastly improved healthcare for the aging population, ones that should further contribute to life-expectancy and overall quality of life.
In-Home Quality of Life
When it comes to in-home quality of life, technological innovations are poised to bring significant improvement to the lives of many within the aging population. This is especially true for individuals who suffer from restricted mobility or motor-coordinative issues that might increase the risk of injury around the house:
- A variety of in-home sensors can help alert medical professional or loved ones to arising needs in the home. For instance, when food is running low in the refrigerator or pantry, a IoT sensor will automatically send a message to a family member. Another example: sensors that track movement will alert a loved one or contact emergency services when a fall has taken place.
- An increased emphasis on social media and video-chat will help elderly individuals to stay connected with loved ones and friends. Given the incredibly high depression rates among the elderly, it is impossible to overstate the importance of helping them maintain meaningful human connections. At Designed Living, we can assist with any technological needs you might have, no matter how big or small. Contact us today at (949) 353-5400 to receive concierge service on all your home technology needs.