Friday, 22 December 2017 00:00

New technologies to aid in care giving

By the year 2020, it’s estimated that all those born in the ‘baby boomer’ generation (1946 – 1964) will be over the age of 65. In today’s day and age, as the number of seniors increases year-by-year, there is an ever widening gap between the elderly and those capable of caring for them.


New technologies to aid in care giving

This is where the advent of certain technologies comes into play. Technology that will change the way seniors are able to interact with their surrounding environment, while also offering a level of care akin to human counterparts.

Despite some limitations as to cost, accessibility and user knowledge, the advancement of technology is set to play a significant role in senior care. If you are a care giver of an elderly loved one, you may be interested to learn how advancements in technology can benefit or even supplement your role as a carer…


This may sound like a far-fetched idea, but the advent of robots, telepresence devices, robotic pets and virtual companions is, indeed, a reality. In fact, the technology is already available to many of the elderly across the globe. For many seniors who live alone and face days of isolation and loneliness, artificial intelligence (AI) will become the ideal solution for many elements of care giving.

AI is able to react to the senior they care for, offer daily instruction and motivation, link them to human care givers and help with daily tasks. Additionally, AI won’t display frustration, irritation or judgement of elderly care receivers, which could make daily life a little easier on seniors.

The advent of personal assistant devices is already widely in use. The likes of Amazon Echo, Google Home and Siri offer home assistance by simply following voice commands. These devices are able to operate technology throughout a home, turn on TVs, provide updates on weather and traffic reports, control home temperature and lighting and even purchase products online.

Driverless Cars

The advent of autonomous cars is not very far off in the future. Experts are already working to develop driverless cars to assist the elderly, disabled and many others with transport throughout their day-to-day life.

The development of driverless cars means increased independence for seniors, who will no longer need to rely on human care givers or public transport in order to visit doctors, friends and family or do weekly shopping. The autonomous car is the future of senior independence.


This technological development is especially useful for frail or ill seniors who struggle with making regular trips to a physician, waiting in the queue at pharmacies or for long periods of time in doctor’s waiting rooms. Telemedicine offers access to healthcare services from the comfort of their home, via virtual healthcare systems.

Doctors and therapists are able to visit seniors virtually, while monitoring health statistics and making treatment or medication changes. Both doctors and seniors are able to update and order pharmacy prescriptions electronically, which will then be delivered to their doorstep. However, access to high speed, good quality internet will be vital in order to adequately access these virtual portals.

While the development of these technologies to aid in senior care is thrilling, there is nothing quite like the human touch. Of course, no amount of technological advancement could replace physical human care, love and affection. However, these advancements could be the answer to an improved quality of life in the future.

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