What are some technologies that can help during old age?
Today, seniors can benefit from a dazzling array of new technologies and gadgets that can help them gain self-confidence by making them more independent, improving their physical, mental, and social status. It has also enabled caring families invest in these technologies instead of moving their loved ones to a nursing home in their mature days.
Voice activation, sensors, GPS, cellular connectivity, and Bluetooth are just a few fundamental features that most smartphones have. Many smartphone monitoring apps help seniors and their close families gain a closer perspective on their status. For example, multiple sophisticated apps help seniors monitor their Alzheimer’s wandering.
Mobile phone manufacturers have implemented PERS (personal emergency response systems) in many models so that people could have a better and more reliable way of staying in touch with their senior loved ones with the help of GPS location tracking.
MedMinder is a digital dispenser that looks similar to the regular seven-day models out there, but it’s smarter and helps seniors take their medication at the right time, with the right amount. Skipping medication doses or taking too many tablets can have dire health consequences, with many cases resulting in getting checked into the hospital.
MedMinder works because the caregiver fills the medicine tray before putting it into the device and remotely programs the dispensing schedule online by logging into the device’s system.
Whenever it’s time to take their medication, the dispenser flashes before beeping if more time than normal has passed and the loved one has not yet taken their medication. If time passes and the loved one doesn’t take the medication, the MedMinder plays a prerecorded customized voice message.
Families should record the voice of someone that the senior holds dear in a calm and generous tone so that their loved one does not feel hurried. If your loved one still doesn’t respond to take their medications, they get a call, and a family member receives an email, a call, or a text.