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Aging in Place With 'Gerotechnology'


Aging in Place With 'Gerotechnology'

February 26, 2018
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The popularity of aging in place requires the advent of 'gerotechnology', or technology designed for senior's needs and lifestyles. Gerotech can include smart home automation, wearable tech, and activity sensors. 

Video consultations and medication dispensing tech are two examples of gerotechnology seeking to facilitate positive health outcomes. Mobility can be a concern among those aging in place, and now some doctor's offices offering video consultations to patients who may not be able to, or aren't required to schedule an in-person visit. The Washington Post reports that "another technology on the rise for seniors living without assistance in the home are pill counters designed to alert and properly dispense all medications that need to be taken at once."

According to AARP, almost 90 percent of seniors would like to stay in their home as they age. This idea of aging in place — growing older where you already live, typically not in a health-care environment — continues to be a popular choice among seniors able to live without a lot of assistance. With the growing popularity of aging in place, gerotechnology can help seniors live in their homes with ease and safety.

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