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Technologies to help seniors & caregivers

With the global ageing population, new technologies are being developed to make the lives of seniors and their caregivers easier. At Cadi Scientific in Singapore, it develops wireless sensing and tracking devices for various healthcare applications. These aim to keep seniors safe and provide caregivers and family members a peace of mind on their health and whereabouts.

Here are some Cadi Scientific technologies that help seniors:

 

1) Wireless continuous temperature monitoring at home

The immune system in seniors typically declines, making early detection of infections important. Cadi.Sense is a wireless temperature monitoring system for home use that measures and transmits the patient’s temperature every 30 seconds. This data is consolidated into a chart, which can be viewed real-time by family members, caregivers and healthcare professionals. A coin-sized device is pasted on the senior’s abdomen and this sends data wirelessly. Alerts are provided via SMS or e-mails should the patient’s fever hits a specified temperature. This is useful in situations such as at night when everyone is sleeping, or while family members are at work. In addition, since temperature taking is no longer done manually, the senior’s normal activities, for example resting, are undisturbed.

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Technology a hindrance in ageing at home

Philips and the Global Social Enterprise Initiative (GSEI) at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business in the US released a survey recently that found both baby boomers and Generation X (Gen X and those born from 1965 to 1976) place high value on technology as they age. However, 95 percent believe today’s technology needs to be better developed to help them successfully age at home, or age-in-place, for as long as possible.

While 73 percent of boomers and Gen X surveyed want to age in their own home, they believe they will have significant barriers to achieving this through the aid of technology, such as access and adoption, cost, privacy, complexity of use, product integration, and public policy.

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State of the US baby boomer

SeniorHomes.net, a free US senior housing directory resource online, recently produced an infographic titled, “State of the Baby Boomer” with some interesting statistics about US baby boomers. Baby boomers make up about 25 percent of smartphone users with iPhones being the most popular within the demographic. Additionally, over 1/4 of online boomers have given online dating a try. See the infographic below: