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How Technology is Aiding the Ageing Population

Ageing is an inevitable phase of life that every human must go through, regardless of wealth, quality of life and unwillingness. Besides, the global population is ageing fast, and life expectancy has risen to 70 years and above in most countries. For the first time in global history, research done in 2020 showed that adults aged 60 and above outnumbered the number of children under five.

The remarkable improvements result from better nutrition, high-quality healthcare quality, improved sanitation and public health. The modern world has also brought better technological innovations, artificial intelligence and big data, among other related aspects that increase the life expectancy and ageing in the global population. 

Aiding the Ageing Population

Here, we will discuss how technology aids the ageing population today.

Voice Recognition Systems

Utilising the voice recognition software guarantees senior loved ones a life-changing solution and higher quality of life. For instance, if an older adult has mobility challenges, voice-powered products such as Alexa should work magic by ensuring maximum home control. Some of the seniors' benefits with Alexa and such tools include control over electronics, lights, and the telephone. On a day when they are feeling low or unwell, they can always ask Alexa to reach out to family, friends or a caregiver for their help.

Telecare

Smart hardware devices such as sensors allow seniors to live independently in their homes longer and safer. An independent life is possible because family members and caregivers can monitor seniors miles away, probably visiting Arizona, without coming over or affecting their schedules. The technology creates a rhythm pic of your loved one, studying their usual routine and ensuring that everything is happening as expected.

For example, if the individual normally wakes up at 6 am and walks to the kitchen to prepare a cup of tea or coffee at 6.20 am, you can always get an alert on days when the routine is broken. This technology is famous for both cutting the cost of care and maximising the safety of seniors while allowing them to live independently for as long as possible.

Wearables

The modern world is on the precipice of a health revolution where you can monitor your health as closely as possible with your Tesla, iPhone and other electronic devices. You can use a variety of wearables designed for monitoring one's health, or even buy medical alert alert systems for your senior, as they need regular health checks. Devices such as smartwatches record, store and transmit invaluable data that you can use to monitor a senior's vital signals in real-time, making them one of the best medical alert systems.

For instance, a basic smartwatch carries the ability to detect and diagnose a heart arrhythmia, thanks to the medical-grade heart-monitoring feature. Access to such crucial information reduces the need for hands-on care while improving one's health and quality of life most affordably and conveniently.

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Based on the current rate, the world, especially the healthcare industry, should be prepared to experience immense impact resulting from AI. The effects will be multifaceted and define how the world perceives the system. Today, for instance, the medical practitioners – doctors, nurses, and caregivers – in different niches spend many years training and acquiring the knowledge and experience they need to perform their complex tasks.

On the contrary, with AI, there is greater capacity for one tool to be an expert in all niches at the same time while constantly learning and adapting to the latest trends. By collecting accurate data and structuring it desirably, AI can make one's health needs proactive and on the horizon, which the world is working towards. Care, for instance, entails monitoring one's mood, diet, comfort mobility, bowel movement and sleep quality, among other everyday-touch points.

Collecting such data is meaningful and valuable for agencies in charge of providing care and for individuals receiving the care. Effective AI and such information simplify identifying any underlying or ongoing issues and taking adequate measures for conditions in their initial stages. That way, health conditions can be stopped before they become critical, and seniors don't end up in hospitals all the time.

As AI strides in the early detection of diseases, it can save both the current and future world from the burden of chronic diseases while allowing young and older adults to lead healthier lives for longer. Some areas that have recorded immense progress with the technology include cancer, eye disease and Alzheimer's prediction years before it hits the patient.

Smart Homes

The Internet of Things (IoT) comprises a range of devices, ranging from simple sensors in your home to smartphones and wearables. However, in this case, all these devices are connected, making your home a smart hub. Such homes are characterised by voice-activated hubs and smart heating, which maximise comfort and convenience while minimising stress and movement. 

Thanks to these innovations, your seniors can lead a safe and comfortable independent life in their home as you watch from far without worrying about their safety. In an emergency, you can get alerts about the situation and rush over or get your loved one's caregiver to attend to them. A smart home also has means for the senior to get to you or the caregiver, such as Alexa and other voice-powered tools. These homes leave nothing to chance while maximising comfort and convenience.

Minimising Social Isolation

As you grow older, you socialise less, increasing your chances of feeling lonely and isolated compared to the younger population. Loneliness has a significant impact on one's health and can push you into poor decisions such as smoking, which compromises your quality of life and health.

So, you should reduce social isolation for your seniors by keeping them company for as long as possible. However, giving them company 24/7 may not be possible if you work, go to school and take care of your family. Fortunately, some digital technologies available today, including KOMP and GoodGym, are designed to support seniors in their social life.

Technology plays a crucial role in supporting seniors. Discussed above are ways to support your senior's health, quality of life and safety as they live independently in their home. Try them today, and you will never look back. 

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