Every year consumers are introduced to thousands of new options from the land of tech. Many become parts of our every day life, like cell phones and Apple, and others remain obscure and forgotten, but this year there was a new focus worth considering.
With a year behind us many of us would like to forget, we are looking at how we can move forward with a new outlook on life in 2021. For example, many of us were forced to learn how to use technology in 2020 we never felt we’d have a reason to use, and we realized it was a lot easier than we thought! I learned how to use Zoom and Skype, and several other virtual options for meeting with clients and getting information to folks. It’s new world for those of us who over the age of 40, and for once we’re excited to see what technology may have in store for us.
Here is a list of some of the new devices and gadgets designed specifically for seniors, our new way of life, and our future.
AbsoluteAudio’s PYOUR Audio Hearing 2.0
This comprehensive software suite is built up from a range of proprietary algorithms, destined at restoring speech music experiences for people suffering from hearing damage or hearing loss. It is the only solution in the market that can support building hearing aids from premium consumer audio components, by pairing high quality hearing performance with extremely low power consumption and low memory usage. Learn more at Absolute Audio.
Aladin Smart Lamp
A smart lamp that hangs on the wall and anticipates and prevents falls of residents in assisted living and nursing facilities. It uses artificial intelligence (not sensors) to detect changes in motion, temperature, and more. Its automatic lighting, built-in fall detector, and integrated monitoring system not only reduces falls but can decrease the stress on caregivers, allowing high-risk individuals to be independent again. Learn more at Domalys.
This product is a remote activity monitoring app for seniors. It provides caregivers with continuous insight and increased visibility into their loved one’s well-being. TouchPoint is the companion of another CarePredict product called Tempo, which is a wearable device, similar to a watch or wristband, designed to track subtle changes in a senior’s daily activities and behavior. Learn more at CarePredict.
Detects your heart rate and respiration in three seconds, records the measurements and transmits the collected data to a mobile device by Bluetooth. A mobile app then instantly displays the your physical and psychological state and sends a warning notification when it detects irregularity. Learn more at ITRI.
The Core Kit
Is an App with sensors that track movement and patterns to provide family members/caregivers with reassurance that things are as they should be, without the use of invasive video cameras or wearable tracking devices. Small, non-intrusive sensors are placed discretely around the home, with insights for early detection of problems and see if there are changes in their eating, sleeping or activity patterns. Learn more at Caregiver Smart Solutions.
Ianacare is a free app that serves as a point of coordination for a patient’s family and friend caregivers to organize tasks such as dropping off groceries, picking up medications from the pharmacy, virtual check-ins and emotional connections." Learn more at ianacare.
The Omron provides warning signs of a heart attack or stroke before they happen. This is for anyone who takes their overall health seriously and wants to try to prevent a heart attack or stroke. The VitalSight remote patient monitoring program relies upon connected medical devices that enables patients to make a commitment to regular heart health monitoring from the comfort of their homes. Learn more at Omron.
WellBe Medical Alert
This is a hands free, secure, HIPAA compliant, voice-enabled virtual health assistant platform that offers a fully integrated home health system for seniors to help them age-in-place. WellBe Medical Alert PLUS is an AI-powered system that includes both a voice assistant as well as a sleek smartwatch, connecting users with emergency services with their voice at home or via a watch button when on-the-go.” Learn more at HandsFreeHealth.
Tips on what to watch out for when buying a Medical Alert System
The latest products typically use GPS tracking to pinpoint the location of someone having a problem while taking a walk, gardening, or running errands. When a user has an emergency, IAED-trained agents assess the situation and provide the necessary aid as quickly as possible. Agents can contact 911 responders, roadside assistance, 911, or even a locksmith when necessary. They can also call approved family members, neighbors, or friends for help. This website provides helpful information to help you determine the best options for you and your situation.
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