How To Transform Elderly Care with IoT
How smart devices and wearables transform elderly care.
14:32 07 November 2018
A recent study has revealed that older adults in the United States will, for the first time, outnumber children by 2030, with nearly 1 in every 5 of retirement age. The rise in the ageing population combined with the increase in chronic illnesses pose serious problems for the US healthcare system.
The US and other countries with ageing population can benefit from using smart devices and wearables in transforming their healthcare system. These technologies can help predict certain illnesses and play an important role in preventative care. Many of these devices, especially sensors and wearables, can also be used to help seniors overcome day-to-day physical challenges due to age and disabilities. They can also be used to ensure that they remain independent.
Smart devices can monitor and observe a user’s physical activities and gather data to gain insight on their overall health or well being. Wearables, for example, can track a user’s trend in how speed and movement has changed overtime. How many steps they have taken this week? Was it too little compared to the numbers gathered last week? Were they quick or slow? By analysing the data gathered by such devices, healthcare professionals can decide if a person needs a welfare check.