Did you realize that due to better medical care and people living longer, the over 65 population has increased to more than 656 million, or 11.5% of the total population? What’s more, Accenture data shows that 17% of Americans over the age of 65 now use wearables such as Fitbits to track fitness or vitals such as blood pressure or heart rate.
When we think of wearables, we envision fitness trackers and smart watches which are obviously targeted for young people. However, researchers are finding that wearables are good tools for seniors too. Not only does it help Seniors stay motivated to track their activity levels, it can also help with a chronic condition or another underlying health issue. Elderly wearables can make life easier for both Seniors, their physicians and their caregivers.
Wearable technology allows seniors to receive assistance with the touch of a button — providing immediate access to daily care or emergency assistance. Additionally, it keeps them connected 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving peace of mind to caregivers and loved ones. Connecting through cellular technology also enables nationwide coverage, ensuring help is available to them, wherever they go. They can gain confidence again when going to the grocery store, for example, or can enjoy an evening walk without the fear of potentially falling with no help available.
These wearable devices now allow seniors to be in more control of their health and feel a sense of independence. Medication reminders help them to remember to take certain medications at prescribed times. The alerts can also remind them to take more steps, provide updates on their heart rate and blood pressure, and even give them an “always there” communication platform for any type of assistance they might need.
These devices have come a long way from the medical alert buttons and now can include a one-touch call option allows users to have a two-way conversation with a live operator if they need help or have questions, providing personal assistance immediately. This gives seniors a greater sense of independence and can bridge the gap from turning to family members or doctors on a daily basis for help.