With the incredible technological advances we’ve witnessed already in our lifetime, it sometimes feels as though we’ve stepped right into the pages of a sci-fi book – and in the near future, life is poised to become even more innovative! Particularly for seniors, who can easily recall life without TVs, computers, the Internet, cell phones, microwaves, and so many other things we take for granted, the boom in technology is about to make life easier in many cases, while bordering on the absurd in others.
Take a look at these examples of up-and-coming innovations and let us know what you think!
- Social: Many seniors are already enjoying Skype sessions to stay close to the grandkids, but the next generation of online socializing may be able to allow for projection directly on a wall in the home. Just picture distant family and friends all able to “gather together” on the dining room wall for dinner!
- Transportation: One of the most challenging aspects of aging can be the realization that it’s time to give up the car keys for safety reasons. However, automotive technology is now steering in the direction of self-driving cars operated through simple text commands, enabling seniors to drive longer, and more safely.
- Health: Advances in health-related technology are truly mindboggling, including the possibilities for a bathroom mirror that can scan one’s face and detect heart disease, stroke and cardiovascular disease warning signs, and even a toilet that can report its owner’s vital signs remotely to a call center.
While technological evolution is certainly exciting to watch, what will be the cost – both physically and psychologically for seniors? Dr. Joseph Coughlin, notes that as a society we should imagine an older age that is more than simply living longer, but rather about living better. Read more of Dr. Coughlin’s Wall Street Journal article on how technology will transform aging.
At Live Free Home Health Care, we believe that nothing will ever replace the one-on-one, face-to-face compassionate care of a professional caregiver. Call us any time at 603-217-0149 to schedule a free in-home assessment for your senior loved one in Laconia, Meredith or anywhere in the Lakes Region and Central New Hampshire.