Seniors and technology – 10 Innovations Shaping the Future of Ageing

Somehow, in what feels like the blink of an eye, we’ve transitioned from flip phones to smart homes, and it almost seems inevitable that someone will soon be plotting retirement communities on the moon. Traditionally, older generations have been labelled as late adopters when it comes to embracing new technology. However, in today’s world, modern seniors are not only embracing technology but also recognising its potential to significantly enhance their lives.

At First Financial, we accompany our clients on the journey to wealth every step of the way, from their working years to their dream retirement. For those currently in this phase and interested in discovering more about the technological advances benefiting seniors, here are ten innovations shaping the future of ageing.

Wearable Health Monitoring Devices

Similar to smartwatches and fitness trackers, these devices can monitor vital signs, activity levels and even detect falls, providing seniors with real-time health data and alerts.

From medical alert devices to fitness trackers, seniors are using wearable tech at an increasing rate. These devices not only offer the wearer more independence and safety, but they also provide loved ones with additional peace of mind.

Telehealth services

Telemedicine platforms allow seniors to consult with healthcare providers and professionals remotely, reducing the need for in-person visits and unnecessary hospital trips, and improving access to medical care, especially for those with mobility issues or who are immunocompromised.

Seniors can also save on travel costs by staying at home and will likely be less stressed by being able to remain in the comfort of their home environment for as long as possible.

Smart Home Technology

First, we had smartphones, and now we have entire homes with super intelligence. And – it’s great news for seniors. From thermostats and lighting systems to voice controlled assistants, smart homes are enhancing safety, comfort and convenience by automating tasks and providing remote control of home appliances.

This technology can also simplify seniors’ lives with easy access to entertainment, such as streaming services and music, all controlled with voice commands or mobile apps.

Robotics

Innovations in robotics are revolutionising senior living. For example, the robot vacuum can tackle chores effortlessly, reducing physical strain and enabling seniors to live comfortably and safely at home.

Care robots are a novel new technology, providing assistance and companionship, and are increasingly finding applications in nursing homes and other aged care facilities.

Digital health records and apps

The advent of electronic health records has improved senior care, providing easy access to health information for sharing with providers via mobile devices. In Australia, seniors can utilise the My Health app on their mobile phones and tablets.

Other apps for senior healthcare include Healthdirect, offering a symptom checker and local health service information, and My Aged Care, providing access to aged care services, local providers, eligibility assessments and care plan management.

Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR)

VR and AR aren’t just for the young anymore. They’re transforming the lives of the young at heart, too. With immersive experiences and cognitive stimulation, they can combat social isolation and offer virtual travel and other therapeutic activities.

There is also potential to use VR and AR for physical rehabilitation and they can facilitate exercises, balance training and other routines to help seniors regain strength, mobility and independence following injuries or surgery.

Cognitive fitness apps and games

Staying fit in the senior years means finding the right tools. Fitness apps designed for seniors offer personalised exercise routines, progress trackers and provide motivation, promoting physical health and independence.

Brain-training apps and interactive games are also invaluable tools for seniors to maintain mental sharpness and delay cognitive decline. These apps offer engaging mental stimulation and opportunities for social interaction that contribute to a fulfilling and active lifestyle.

Ageing-in-place solutions

There have been many technological developments in recent years aimed at helping seniors stay at home and live independently for as long as possible.

Ageing-in-place solutions include home modifications such as installing grab bars in bathrooms and ramps for easy access, remote monitoring systems that track vital signs and alert caregivers in case of emergencies, as well as community support networks offering assistance with daily tasks and social engagement.

Assistive mobility devices

Innovations like exoskeletons, smart canes and motorised wheelchairs enable seniors with mobility impairments to remain active and engaged in their communities, enhancing their autonomy.

Assistive mobility devices offer seniors newfound opportunities for exploration and pursuing interests independently, fostering confidence and enriching their quality of life.

Personalised medicine and genetic testing

Advances in genetic testing and personalised medicine facilitate individually tailored healthcare interventions and treatments based on genetic makeup, optimising health outcomes.

Specialised nutritional programs and dietary counselling can further support personalised medicinal plans, with programs specifically for the person’s health needs, also addressing age-related deficiencies.

Talk to the retirement planning experts

Talk to the retirement planning experts

Technology for seniors aims to increase independence, combat social isolation, improve health outcomes and enhance quality of life.

These ten innovations are just the tip of the iceberg, with countless others already in existence and many more on the horizon. Whether using a mobile phone for video calls with non-local family members or managing finances on a PC, everyday technologies provide significant benefits for seniors.

At First Financial, we help each of our clients achieve a retirement filled with comfort and financial freedom. To fully embrace the joys of retirement, including staying up-to-date with the latest technologies, it’s important to start planning and preparing now.

For personalised advice on financial planning, retirement planning or aged care advisory services, or to start your journey on the pathway to wealth, contact our expert team today.

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