Senior living sure looks different than it did twenty years ago. Let’s take a look at why.
Seniors today are embracing the benefits of 21st-century living more than ever before — and rightfully so. The advancements in technology in the last two decades can lure any technophobe into a savvy user. Here are just a few ways we’ve improved with age.
Strategically placed sensors situated around various parts of the home receive signals from a transmitter that’s worn by the resident. Movement patterns are logged throughout the day and night so staff can detect signs of trouble, such as staying in one place for too long, indicating a fall may have occurred.
Advancements in Medicine
With earlier detection of fatal disease and greater knowledge in fitness and nutrition, seniors have more power than ever before. Technological advances have allowed for quicker surgeries with smaller incisions (sometimes even non-invasive) and also allow patients to bring much-needed monitoring to their own home. For example, those dealing with kidney disease can bring home a dialysis machine.
Connect Like Never Before
Twenty years ago, the Internet was just blossoming; now it’s in full swing. With it, we have computers in the palm of our hands and can connect to anyone — anywhere — within a matter of seconds. You have email and instant messaging, online chat groups and social media networks. Video calls allow seniors to meet newborn grandchildren mere minutes after birth.
Did you know that older people, aged 65+, are the happiest? According to The 2017 Harris Poll, which has been conducting a happiness survey for nearly a decade now, indicators point to older folks being more happy because they are free from texting, multitasking, jobs and commutes that seem to result in less and less free time for the younger generations.
More To Come
What’s on deck for the coming years is even more exciting — from self-driving cars to t-shirts that can sense a heart attack and administer CPR (in research at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology), to nurse robots acting as home health aids (being tested in England, Poland and Greece).