Not everyone wants to live in a retirement community or assisted living facility as they get older. Many people prefer to “age in place,” enjoying their retirement in their own homes. Thankfully, technologies that can help this become a safer reality are here. Let’s take a look at some examples of new technology that make aging in place safer for older Americans.
Aging in Place Technology
Remote care apps allow long-distance contact to medical professionals through phone apps. An example is Lemonaid Health, which has an average consultation cost of around $25 and can connect users with medical professionals. It also allows for free delivery through the Lemonaid Pharmacy for prescription medications.
Another example is MDLive, available on both iOS and Android, allows 24/7 contact with medical professionals. The app allows for urgent care consultations that average around $75, allowing older people to get in touch with a doctor in the event that a pressing medical event is occurring.
Recent advances in wearable technology have made it even safer for older Americans to age in place. Examples include the Apple Watch Series 4, which includes a heartrate monitor that can detect irregular rhythms and high heart rates. The Apple Watch also has fall detection, alerting your emergency contacts if it detects that you’ve fallen and can’t get up. The fitness tracking technology within can also help you keep an eye on how much exercise you’re getting, which is an important aspect of a healthy retirement.
Wearable technology is also wonderful for contacting emergency services in a pinch. Since it’s kept on your person, it allows you to use voice commands to make phone calls or send messages. This allows you to rest assured knowing that you’ll be able to get in touch with emergency contacts in the event you get stuck somewhere and can’t get to your phone.