Technology for Aging in Place

A May 2014 AARP Bulletin says that new devices are available that give older people the chance to remain at home rather than live in a nursing home. Today's technology for aging in place is providing more benefits than ever before.

One system consists of six sensors that are attached to pillboxes, the refrigerator, the microwave, the bathroom door and key chains. The adult child can go to a website and check on their parent's activity which is captured via cellular connection. The company can send alerts by text, email, Web or phone if something is out of the ordinary.

Adult children can now feel confident and secure that their parents can stay in their home longer. "Smart" technology such as sensors, voice activation, GPS, Bluetooth, cellular connectivity via mobile phones, and smartphone apps can provide an alternative to moving to a retirement facility or nursing home.

GPS location tracking allows you to monitor parents or aging friends at their home, or while they are at doctor appointments or out  for a walk.

Today's technology offers low-cost, miniaturized, technological capabilities. Adult children can provide a higher level of caregiving and greater independence for their aging parents.