Technology to support senior independence

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(NBC) – It’s been thirty years since this “Life Call” commercial aired, but falls still top fatal injuries among older adults. That’s where Walabot comes in. Its motion sensor keeps an eye out.

Dan Ackerman of CNet says, “It knows a fall versus just kneeling down to get something and it will notify someone you set up ahead of time.”

Wearables such as the Apple Watch and Nurture Watch have fall detection built-in, so do smart shoes by Evone, which also send alerts.

The “Hip Safe” aims to prevent injury with a protective belt.

Says Ackerman, “It actually has airbags that instantly inflate in a third of a second to cushion your hips when you fall.”

Caretaker robots such as Black and Decker’s “Pria” can track and dispense medication.

Samsung also offers “bot care” to assist with health routines.

While the Elli-Q robot keeps seniors connected.

According to Ackerman, “There’s actually a category, a small but growing category, of what you would call emotional support robots.”

Robot pets are one example, companionship and entertainment without the upkeep.

Robots are already part of elderly care in other countries. Analysts expect their popularity here to skyrocket as baby boomers age.

Ackerman adds, “They’re going to use more things like personal assistants around the house and more things like autonomous driving, self driving cars.”

Technology keeping seniors independent through their golden years. 

Virtual reality and smart home are two growing segments in the senior population now. Seniors are buying voice assistant devices at double the rate they were a year ago.
 

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