Dr. Alexis Abramson gives “The Boomer” insights on the technology and gadgets available to boomers and provides information on how we can best take advantage of them. This interview covers an array of tech from medication reminders, portable PCs, and eReaders, to innovative products (including GrandCare) which allow seniors to remain independent and healthy at home.
“Gadgets Every Boomer Needs”
Published June 21, 2012 – FOXBusiness
by Casey Dowd – The Boomer
Most baby boomers remember watching the animated show The Jetsons wondering if we were getting a glimpse of our future.
Well, we haven’t quite made the transition to flying cars (but driverless cars are hitting the road), and we don’t have talking robot maids (but we do have Rombas that vacuum on their own), but our society is full of technology that I am sure the creators of the show never imagined.
We have smartphones that can answer all our questions, and laptops thinner than most children’s books. As technology continues to advance, boomers are working to keep up with all the changes, and many companies are taking note and catering to our tech vitality…
Boomer: What technology is available for boomers that live alone and need to reach help in an emergency?
Abramson: New and improved technologies emphasize wellness, mobility, autonomy and social connectivity. These innovative products and services are promoting health and independence for aging baby boomers. Here are a few of my favorite examples of new technology in the fall prevention and emergency monitoring space:
ActiveCare Personal Assistant Link: This one-touch system looks like a small cell phone with large buttons. With the push of a button boomers are connected to ActiveCare’s call center with specialists that can help with everything from calling an ambulance to calling a physician or family members. GPS is integral to the PAL system, allowing users’ locations to be tracked at all times, and can detect if an individual has fallen.
eNeighbor Monitoring System: This system is programmed to detect unusual activity in the home. A shower left running or a fridge that goes unopened for a day could trigger a phone call to the end user or a caregiver.
GrandCare: This system offers a comprehensive communication and monitoring system for active seniors combining aspects of home automation, online communications and healthcare (telehealth) in one flexible and user-friendly package.
BeClose: The device tracks your loved one’s daily routine by receiving information from discreet wireless sensors that are placed in various locations around the home (as well as a wearable alert button). Caregivers have the freedom of knowing their aging loved one is safe because they are able to check on them at any time using a secure, private web page. If there are any disruptions to daily life, the primary caregiver will be alerted immediately by phone, email or text message…
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