I recently came across an interesting article on the new technologies that are being developed to help people age in place. The Oregon Center for Aging & Technology, a lab at Oregon Health & Science University, has engineered several new games, monitors and robots, all for the purpose of allowing the elderly to stay in their homes for as long as they can without jeopardizing their health and safety.
The lab is currently working with 480 volunteer seniors and caregivers in a pilot program to test the new products. In order to conduct these studies, the lab has set up a “model home” outfitted with an array of new electronic monitoring gear including pill boxes that record when medications are taken, doors that record when someone leaves or enters the house, a bed with built in sensors that monitor breathing patterns, remote controllable robots with a live streaming video monitors and hallway monitors that determine one’s stability and help detect physical infirmities by monitoring their gait and walking speed.
But it’s likely that these gadgets will account for only a few of the many innovations that will be utilized by future caregivers. The growth of the aging population has caused many forward-looking people to devote their time and energy to creating new possibilities for aging in place. To learn more, see the full article at: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-boomer-homes-20110617,0,7872478,full.story