As boomers age, they want to do so actively, gracefully and independently. Technology is being viewed as the big helper that will allow them to achieve those goals. And that’s presenting a huge opportunity for entrepreneurs developing these types of products.
How Technology Can Change Senior’s Lives
Technology is being used in interesting ways to help people as they age. Higher percentages of older people want to be active longer and age at home. Technology is a big part of the puzzle of how we provide those services that the senior demographic is demanding.
There’s a spirit about building not just a business but something for humanity, entrepreneurs unveiled a variety of technology products targeted at allowing seniors to live healthier, active lives.
5 Ways Technology is Used to Help Seniors
Here’s a glimpse at some start-ups generating buzz in the industry.
The so-called active aging industry in the U.S. — which includes safety and smart-living technologies, health and remote care, and wellness and fitness technologies — is expected to triple in the next three years, to nearly $30 billion. While the report finds that health and remote care lead the way, wellness and fitness technologies for seniors is expected to reach $900 million by 2022.
Headsets offer simulations in which caregivers to take on the persona of an aging person facing a variety of situations, including macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Having real insight into a loved one’s condition will enable caregivers to develop empathy for older adults and in turn improve the way they deliver care.
This company was founded in 2016 to help older adults avoid loneliness and social isolation, a common problem among the aging that can contribute to poor health. Intuition Robotics’ debut product is a robot called ElliQ, “a sidekick for happier aging.”
The proactive cognitive artificial intelligence product initiates conversation to help the senior stay in touch with family or loved ones, engage in healthy behaviors, including nudges to take medication and stay connected with the outside world.
Robotic pets were created with the intention of fostering meaningful connections through play. It turned out that their largest customer base came from the older adult market because of the robotic pets’ unique ability to engage, delight, provide companionship, calm, soothe and, most importantly, promote happiness — especially for those living independently or in care communities.
Neuro Rehab VR
A virtual reality experience for older patients undergoing physical therapy following a stroke, brain injury or spinal cord injury or who suffer from neurodegenerative diseases. By employing machine learning, the company tailors each exercise to a patient’s specific therapy needs and ability. The customized virtual therapy exercises record physiological and kinematic responses, quantifying the progress of the patient with scores and metrics over time.
A toilet seat called TrueLoo with the ability to fit on any toilet, TrueLoo has sensors that can determine who the user is. It then scans the toilet bowl to determine the size, color, consistency, frequency and shape of the excreta. The information is provided to the senior living managers so they can monitor their residents’ health. The idea is that catching these problems early allows them to be addressed, preventing hospitalizations and other, more serious health issues, including the spread of infectious diseases among senior living communities.
Reno Valley Assisted Living and Retirement Community
Reno Valley is an assisted living and retirement community that makes living independently, while at the same time feeling safe and secure, a reality. We strive to provide the best quality of life for all residents including those suffering from loneliness and depression.
We offer a comprehensive activity program that includes both physical and social activities to encourage emotional well-being. Our staff is trained to assist those with depression. If you or a loved one are considering assisted living, contact Reno Valley today to learn more about our services or tour our community.