According to research, 90 percent of adults over the age of 65 report that they would prefer to stay in their current residence as they age — a practice commonly referred to as “aging in place.” In fact, one-third of American households are occupied by one or more residents 60 years of age or older.
The Center for Disease Control defines aging in place as “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level”. With so many seniors remaining in their homes rather than opting to live in a nursing home. We thought it would be a good idea to compile a list of gadgets that can help aging Americans remain in their homes while continuing to enjoy the advances in technology.
The Best Technology Products for Seniors
Here are our three favorite gadgets that can contribute to a safer home environment for your friends or family members:
1. House Cleaning Robots
The iRobot Roomba is a very cool and helpful device, and we like them a lot. But let’s face it, vacuum cleaners aren’t all that complex, or difficult to operate. The key to keeping a clean home, free of dust and/or dander is regular cleaning. So, having an easy-to-use vacuum, capable of maintaining the floors is useful. It should be light and located in an accessible location.
2. Automatic Pill Reminders
Automatic medication management systems are a great idea. As people age, they typically end up on a variety of medications like cholesterol-lowering agents, high blood pressure meds, and more! The fact that these medications must be managed for many aging adults accounts for a huge percent of nursing home admissions. Medication management systems range from simple plastic pillboxes all the way up to smart (electronic) medication management systems that remind users when to take their meds.
3. Medical Alert Systems
Medical Alert Systems are devices we know a huge deal about. These useful devices come in all shapes and sizes, but perhaps the most common is a pendant-style alert system. These have a single push button that allows its users to alert a call center if they have a medical emergency (or any emergency for that matter).
Many of these devices come equipped with automatic fall detection which senses when a person has fallen down. If they’re unresponsive the medical alert system will notify the call center automatically. If you need help picking out the right medical alert system, contact EMC Security for help deciding which device might be right for you.