Wearable technology is more popular than ever, and not only amongst Millennials and Gen Z members. More older adults are utilizing wearable technology, like fitness trackers and smart watches, to monitor and track their health data. Healthcare providers and researchers are also developing new ways to use wearable technology tools to help patients achieve greater health and well-being.
Wearable Technology Options
Fitness trackers like Fitbit and smart watches like Apple Watch are accessible to many older consumers as they are relatively inexpensive and easy to use. The “Boomer” generation is embracing these technologies to improve health, quality of life, and longevity. These wearables can measure activity (steps), but also heart rate, sleep, and other indicators of health. Some of these devices can also provide medication reminders.
Now, FDA-cleared trackers are available, giving healthcare providers more access to and confidence in the health data being collected. These devices are used for home care patients and senior living residents. For example, medical-grade technology can monitor chronic health conditions, making it easier for doctors to care for a patient from a distance. Around-the-clock monitoring provides healthcare specialists with a complete picture of the person’s health, instead of their observations being limited to the few moments the patient is in the doctor’s office.
Studies show that the use of the right technology can improve the safety of seniors and slow the progression of chronic diseases. These devices can be used for common health concerns such as heart disease, asthma, obstructive pulmonary disease, and diabetes.
Aging in Place
One of the greatest benefits of wearable technology is that it helps older adults proactively manage their health and successfully age in place. People want to stay in their homes as long as possible, and wearables can help them take charge of their health, living more healthfully and independently.
Another type of “wearable” that can help minimize the risk of living alone is a medical alert system. Older adults wearing an emergency alert pendant or bracelet can enjoy their regular daily activities while having access to emergency services if needed. Not only does an alert system provide support for the aging adult, but it also offers peace of mind to caregivers.
At Windward Life Care, our clinical team can match you with the technology and other supports that will allow you to live your best life. Contact us to learn more about maximizing your health and independence.