If you haven't heard much about "wearable technology" yet, you soon will. As the tech-savvy baby boomers are beginning to reach retirement/elderly status (but don’t tell them!), they are likely to embrace this technology. Briefly, wearable technology is a broad term describing devices that can monitor key health functions; they are typically worn on your body and are intended to enhance the health of seniors by improving their safety and monitoring chronic health conditions remotely so that their physicians can take faster action.
These innovative products offer a number of potential benefits for seniors, their family members and caregivers. For example, if family members don't live near their elderly loved ones, some of these products can help you to check in on them remotely and assess whether their daily routines have significantly changed. Seniors who use a caregiver, perhaps a family member or a paid health care worker, may see a reduced need for caregiver time with the use of a remote health monitor; this can provide peace of mind to both the caregiver and the care receiver and can help save money on outside caregiving costs. Even within a senior living community, when your loved one wears a sensor, health emergencies may be caught and acted upon sooner.
Here are a few promising wearable technology products: