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Friday, December 16, 2005

High-Tech For Seniors

Today I came across an extremely interesting article on different things how technology can help seniors to improve their lives called "High-tech for seniors way beyond The Clapper and Life Alert. It is written by Randolph Schmid, The Associated Press. Here are some abstracts from it:

WASHINGTON — One day, people with Alzheimer's disease could have telephones that show them a picture of the caller and remind them who it is and when they last talked.

They might walk across a floor with sensors that check their gait and sound an alarm if they fall. Others might relax on a bed that monitors their pulse and breathing.

New technologies for seniors, supplementing conveniences like The Clapper and emergency warnings like Life Alert, are on display this week at the White House Conference on Aging.
The goal is to provide technologies that "help seniors and their families live happy and healthy in their own home," said Eric Dishman, chairman of the Center for Aging Services Technologies, or CAST, and general manager and global director of Intel Health Researh and Innovation Group...

There are four main focus areas for the new innovations, Dishman said: disease prevention, early detection, caregiver support and maintaining independence.

Then he lists interesting gadgets that already exist like
- Intel's phone which provides you a photo of the caller and tells you who they are and when they last talked to you (for those who have problems with their memory)
- Accenture medicine cabinet that can help traking what medicine should be taken. A voice can remind it's time to take a pill and warns if the wrong bottle is chosen.
- Floor sensors that can track the movement of a senior and beds that sense breating rate and pulse and call caregiver for help when there are suddent changes.
- A watch and computer system that tracks the movement of people in their homes. If they fail to go to their pills it can broadcast to a computer to provide reminders.

Well, I am sure that all these things are very expensive at this time and may not be fully developed yet. So let's stick to the proven services in case we "fallen and can't get up".


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