The information age has given us so many tools to assist our lives in so many ways. The internet is a valuable resource that provides access to thousands of resources used for problem-solving. People can connect with each other with just one click or use an online community for assistance. Regardless of the needs, technology can offer solutions and help you reach your goals, like staying healthy and content and at home as long as possible.
For example, using a smartphone, a caregiver can keep track of their loved one's vital signs. A wearable sensor on a wristband or smartphone can alert emergency personnel to a potential emergency. Or a GPS tracker can be used to find the location of a person with dementia without him or her actively using the device.
Another way that technology can help a caregiver is by monitoring their loved one's home. By placing a camera in the right location, a caregiver can be alerted whenever the loved one is opening a medicine cabinet which indicates that the medication is taken regularly. Or a door camera can alert a caretaker if someone is entering or exiting the home.
When you have a loved one who has dementia, you can help them make their lives easier with technology. A smart home should have two goals - be comfortable for the loved one and easy and convenient for caregivers and family members. Besides being helpful and convenient, it of course should provide security to everyone.
Human interaction is the essential aspect of helping an older person live a more fulfilling life. We all know technology can never replace human interaction. However, intelligent telecare systems help older people connect them with their family members, healthcare providers, or other community members. They can be customized and help fight loneliness and isolation.
If used right, technology can improve the lives of older people a lot.