The old man of the future will be surrounded by gadgets. Creators of technology are trying to outdo each other in how to make the life of the elderly more comfortable and efficient.
So far, new technologies have been associated mainly with the young. Seniors were reluctant to use modern solutions, nor were they the recipients of most fashionable gadgets. This is starting to change. “Geritech” is an acronym for “Geriatric Technology.” It is about new technologies that will improve the quality of life of people in their late adulthood. Thanks to them, they will remain independent longer and grow old in their own apartment while avoiding becoming a burden for their loved ones.
When the roles in the family change and the children have to take care of their parents, they have a lot of technological solutions at their disposal. You may not know what to choose so as not to overwhelm the elderly with the amount of equipment.
To find out which device will be most useful to seniors and which will best fulfil its role, we have prepared the following ranking, which will introduce you to the topic.
Medical Alert System
Any older person who is concerned about losing consciousness or expects to need help from paramedics should have a medical alert system at home. It’s an easy-to-use device – all they have to do is to press the help button to receive help. According to the Bay Alarm Medical review, such a device should be equipped with a cellular system base unit that won’t require a home phone line connection to operate.
The help button can be worn in the form of a necklace pendant or bracelet for easy access when needed. It happens that the in-home alert is far away as the person is currently, for example, in the garden with a dog. In this case, the button available at their fingertips can be a life-saver.
Electric Foot Warmer
This device is designed especially for seniors and all people with circulation problems in the lower limbs. Perfect as a quick and effective help after returning from a winter walk.
Every senior will appreciate such a device, which is simply a warm shoe into which they can put their frozen feet. The heaters are usually equipped with a thermostat, which can freely adjust the shoe’s temperature with remote control.
Reading Magnifier With LED-Bulbs
The magnifier is useful for reading books, browsing the press, or reading store products’ ingredients. It is an excellent product supporting eyesight, dedicated especially to seniors and the visually impaired.
Such a magnifier can be standing on legs or be attached to a tabletop. It is ideal for activities that require concentration, such as DIY, knitting or reading the fine print. Some loupes have built-in LED bulbs that additionally enhance the vision.
LED Lamp With a Motion Sensor
A lamp with a motion sensor is a practical solution for dark rooms. Such a lamp provides a strong source of light if it is needed, thanks to LED bulbs. The device is ideal for lighting stairs, basements, garages, storage rooms, or a wardrobe.
This is one of the devices, thanks to which you can take care of an older person’s safety. It is easy to fall over in dark rooms and a broken arm or leg, unfortunately, heals much slower in old age. When the sensor detects movement, the lamp automatically turns on, and the senior can safely move around the house at night.
Drug Container With Alarm
The electronic pill organizer is ideal for people who have to take their pills regularly. The small, handy medicine container should be equipped with a tablet reminder indicator.
Like every device for seniors, it is designed to be easy to use. Such a container can be set at any frequency of drug intake. For example, the device may prompt you to take a tablet every 12 hours. It is a huge facilitation for people who have memory problems and need a constant reminder about medicines essential for their health and wellbeing.
“Geritech” is neat, but also a capacious concept, which covers all solutions for independent seniors that are to improve their quality of life. The market is now full of devices that help seniors live long and happily. It is worth looking around for the most well-thought-out and useful ones, as they can make a significant difference in seniors’ life quality.
Suppose an older person is open to the suggestions that the world of technology could improve their life. In that case, it is enough just to familiarize them with all the possibilities. Let them choose the devices they consider most useful. It may turn out that the tasks that have been difficult so far aren’t putting so much strain on them anymore.
I am James, a UK-based tech enthusiast and the creative mind behind Mighty Gadget, which I’ve proudly run since 2007. Passionate about all things technology, my expertise spans from computers and networking, to mobile, wearables, and smart home devices.
As a fitness fanatic who loves running and cycling, I also have a keen interest in fitness-related technology, and I take every opportunity to cover this niche on my blog. My diverse interests allow me to bring a unique perspective to tech blogging, merging lifestyle, fitness, and the latest tech trends.
In my academic pursuits, I earned a BSc in Information Systems Design from UCLAN, before advancing my learning with a Master’s Degree in Computing. This advanced study also included Cisco CCNA accreditation, further demonstrating my commitment to understanding and staying ahead of the technology curve.
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