Cool Digital Health Tech for the 50+ Market

Another Cool Slide Deck from AARP this one on Cool Tech for the 50+ market covering a wide array of innovative technologies that are looking to help with a wide variety of health & wellness challenges that are faced by this market in particular. These vendors attended the AARP Health Innovation 50+ Tech Expo in Atlanta last year and this deck was a short but good summary of that show.

AARP has segmented these innovations into 9 different areas of Health including: Medication Management, Aging with Vitality, Vital Sign Monitoring, Care Navigation, Emergency Detection/Response, Physical Fitness, Diet & Nutrition, Social Engagement and Behavioural and Emotional Health.

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Digital Health Overview & Insights (from AARP)

I thought this was a great overview of the Digital Health market to share that comes from the StartUp Health Division of AARP. They give specific consideration to the  50+ market. The US considers this an important market. I don’t yet see the same consideration in the Canadian Market; hopefully that will change very soon.

This report highlights the encouraging rise in health innovation among a growing population with increased medical needs. Nine Health Innovation frontiers are highlighted including Emergency Detection/Response, Aging with Vitality, Vital Sign Monitoring, Medication Management, Social Engagement, Navigating the Health Care System, Behavioural and Emotional Health, Physical Fitness and Nutrition & Diet

Digital Health Tech – for Family Caregivers

One day we may very well wonder how we coped before Digital Health Tech came of age.

As the majority of us are or will shortly become Family Caregivers and sometimes to more than one loved one.

Top concerns for Family Caregivers are fairly consistent:

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  • How to balance caregiving with work or work and family
  • Encouraging participation or help from other family members
  • Sharing information with other family members
  •  Guilt…yes lots of guilt-along the lines of Am I doing enough?

Digital health technologies can help both local and remote family caregivers increase their peace of mind about concerns they have for those they care about particularly when those concerns relate to health, safety & socialization issues of a loved one that they are caring for.

Mobile Health Devices

These include the “Wearable Tech” that is being talked about a lot in the news these days. Mobile health devices that track, monitor and share information wirelessly are in the news a lot lately.  They include monitors for blood pressure, diabetes, weight, heart rate etc.  These tracking devices can help individuals with chronic issues gain control over conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure while at the same time, these monitors allow for sharing of that information with their family a distance away.  See some examples of the mobile health devices we carry here

Motion Sensors

Motion Sensors that track movement can alert family caregivers to unusual or unexpected activity like a fridge not being opened all day or a door opening late in the night.  These sensors are intended to not be intrusive. One of the monitors we carry, CookStop not only monitors activity around a stove but it will also  automatically turning the stove off after a certain period of inactivity.  That can mean a Cooking Fire has been prevented; it’s hard to put a value on the peace of mind that kind of technology can provide.  See some other motion sensors here

Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS)

Personal security devices like Direct Alert that offer emergency assistance at the press of a button have been around for some time. However,  many PERS (like Direct Alert) now offer fall detection which means that emergency assistance will be called for when a fall is detected as opposed to only where the emergency call button is pressed. This alleviates concerns that family can have about a loved one who may not willingly press the alert button for help or is unable to do so.

Age Friendly Software

It’s no longer the case where communicating with friends & family members’ online means learning how to navigate the internet or learn how to use MS Outlook!  Now all is one systems as well as standalone software offer those without any prior computer experience or knowledge the opportunity to both exercise their brain in a different way, communicate with friends & family & share photos & videos. It’s about time! Social isolation is a growing problem today and so this opportunity for families to remain close or re-connect is a real “gift” See our options here for Age Friendly Software Solutions

 Coordinating Care

Digital or web based caring communities that are available online can help bring balance and some organization to family caregivers by providing information, message boards, and help calendars that can be shared. Lotsa helping Hands is one such service-a free service that helps family caregivers overcome some of the challenges can naturally come with managing a health or medical crisis in their family. By helping build a “community of care” technologies like Lotsa Helping Hands enable family caregivers to better manage everyday tasks, “share the load”and engage others for assistance.

Wearable Health & Fitness Tech for Caregivers !

 What’s “cool” about the newest crop of digital health technology that is coming out now is that it really is not just about helping those who may have a chronic illness, disease or health concern.  That is, it’s  not just about being reactive but finally about being proactive. Digital health technology is for really for everyone and nowhere is this more evident than in the area of the wearable fitness devices or health monitoring devices.

Caregivers may have concerns about their own fitness levels as they balance a life that may be overloaded with work, family and caregiving. A wireless activity tracker like a Fitbit for tracking steps, distance, and sleep might be a good start. It’s also important that caregivers keep a check on their own health which may easily deteriorate as their everyday tasks add up which can really take a toll on their own health. Monitoring your own health may even help make the case for convincing your loved one should they be reluctant to consider health monitoring.

 

 

 

What is Digital Health anyways?

 

Digital healthGiven the pace of change in the area of technology enabled solutions that can make a difference to older individuals or those that are challenged with a chronic illness, we felt compelled to set up a separate site dedicated to these products and this is it!

Technology solutions can go a long way to helping individuals stay well, stay safe, stay and stay connected to loved ones and caregivers and that can bring peace of mind to everyone.

These ‘home health’ technologies or ‘digital health’ technologies as they have been named, can help individuals avoid crisis and possible hospitalization and help support aging in place by helping individuals remain independent in their own home.  Some of our technologies can help bring families together and eliminate any geographical isolation that may exist.

Overall, the development of these kinds of technologies that can make a difference to some of the challenges that come with aging is an emerging field that is growing at fast pace. Despite the fact that there are many great and innovative solutions in the market, they sometimes suffer from a lack of awareness. Our goal at Silver Compass is to help build awareness of these technology solutions and to supply the latest digital health and wellness technologies that fall within following categories:

  • Wellness Reporting/Telehealth monitoring
  • Activity of Daily Living (ADL) Monitoring and Alerts
  • Safety and Security technologies
  • Communication/Staying Connected technologies
  • Brain Fitness/Cognition Solutions
  • Med Management Solutions

In addition, Silver Compass is an authorized Platinum Dealer of GrandCare systems-a relative pioneer in the field and the developer of the most comprehensive & feature packed system for Caring on the market today.

The market is changing daily so there are lots of exciting products and developments to come. That’s why it’s important to stay in touch.

We would be happy to have you join our list of subscribers to this site so we can keep you updated on a regular (but not over frequently!) basis.