New Elder Care Technology Helps Seniors and Their Familiesby John Vermillion (John R. Vermillion & Associates, LLC)
If there is one area of modern life that seniors are often not so comfortable with, it is new technology. However, there are a range of new gadgets that have come onto the market recently that can help both seniors and their families, especially when the senior lives alone or does not have regular assistance. Here’s a brief list of some of the newer options that technology has wrought.
Though many seniors do not feel comfortable with computers or the Internet, Telekin.com is now offering a senior friendly computer that features a keyboard with large print, easy video chat features, as well as free updates and a DVD player. The computer sells for $699.
There are also a variety of companies that offer a range of home monitoring and tracking services. Depending on the senior’s needs, the services range from pacemaker monitoring devices to in-home motion sensors that allow healthcare workers and family members to keep track of the senior’s movements in the home. For example, a motion sensor package offered by Beclose.com provides motion sensors and the panic button for $299, plus a $49 monthly monitoring service.
For Alzheimer’s and dementia sufferers, a new shoe may provide some security in preventing an elderly family member from getting lost or walking away. Using a GPS sensor implanted in the shoe, GPSshoe.com keeps track of a senior’s location. Shoes cost about $300, in the monthly tracking plans range from about $35-$40 per month. Other tracking devices can be attached to an elderly person’s clothing or worn as a wristwatch.
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