As the American population ages, companies like JenCare are standing on the forefront of a much needed industry that is centered on quality healthcare services for the elderly. One of the many benefits of living in the modern era are the advancements in medical technology for geriatric patients.
Modern Medical Technology is Coined Health 2.0
Technological advances in the medical sector have made it possible for the elderly to live independently in their homes for longer periods of time. In addition, technology has made it possible for adult children of elderly parents to monitor their parents’ health and well-being from remote locations.
Some of the medical technology products that are currently on the market are simply amazing. The prevalence of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets have made it possible for you to perform a variety of monitoring and notification services to ensure that your parents are safe at home.
Eliminate the Threat of Medication Overdose
One of the most common challenges that aging adults face, include taking the correct quantity of prescribed medications at a designated time. To assist with resolving this matter, a medical technology company called MedMinder has developed a digital pill dispenser that locks and unlocks the appropriate compartments of a 7-day pill dispenser at a designated time.
If the pill is not removed from the unlocked compartment at the assigned time by your parent, then a prerecorded message (from you) will attempt to alert your parent and remind them to take their pill. If the prerecorded message does provoke a response, then the digital pill dispenser will send you a text message on your mobile device to inform you that the pill has not been removed from the dispenser.
Friendly Audio Reminders from a Clock
Another ingenious product that is currently on the market is Reminder Rosie. This device is a voice-activated talking clock that can be programmed to transmit prerecorded audio messages (from you) to remind your parents to complete daily tasks, such as reminders to eat lunch, reminders to take medications or reminders to feed a pet. This gadget has proven to be effective for individuals who suffer from cognitive diseases such as dementia or Alzheimer’s.
The Future of Technology and Geriatrics
The merger of medical technology and elder care are anticipated to grow from a $2 billion a year industry to $20 billion a year industry by 2020. Currently, there are many products that are still in the research and development phase and yet to land on the consumer market. Here is a list of some exciting technologies that you should look forward to seeing in the next five to ten years:
- Clothing that administers CPR
- Nurse Robots
- Shoes that prevent falls
- Self-driving cars
- Smart socks for people with diabetes
- Smart homes with voice technology
- And much more