How much does your elderly loved one depend on technology? When commenting on last week’s Consumer Electronics Show, the Wall Street Journal pointed out that the hottest product at the convention was not an iPhone or the latest BlackBerry tablet, but a “smart pillbox”- a timed product used to dispense medicine.
For the 32 million or so Americans taking three or more medications a day, according to the National Council on Patient Information and Education, inventions like the Smart Pillbox could become a beneficial asset for a stress-free lifestyle. For those in their senior years, the product can make a prolonged home-life seem more probable.
To mark the rising interest in event-monitoring technology, General Electric and Intel recently announced the cooperative endeavor of “Care Innovations,” which will provide a greater variety of products to assist the elderly lifestyle.
These trends are mostly in response to people living longer. Moreover, the desire of the elderly to continue to live completely on their own has always been of greatest concern. Realistically speaking, it is also important to point out that no invention can replace the consistency of human care giving. Technology can only go as far as electricity, power cords, and limited programming permits.
Of course, I am not saying that technology is not irrelevant. In fact, it is probably most useful when used hand-in-hand with a caregiver whom is present and highly experienced like the ones hired by Home Care Assistance. Simple awareness of the trends of the health market can prove to be the starting point for better solutions for our elderly.