Old age is said to bring wisdom. But it can steal many things, too, particularly when it comes to independent living. Fortunately, emerging tech tools are helping to compensate for some of the larcenies committed by Mother Nature and Father Time. A recent Kiplinger article highlights six that can be especially helpful for homebound seniors:
- Apple Watch Series (cost is $400). This digital wristwatch has a built-in electrocardiogram. Results can be saved or shared with a healthcare provider. The Apple product also detects falls and automatically dials 911 if the wearer remains unresponsive for a minute.
- SmartSole (cost is $300 for insoles, plus a $25 monthly subscription). This smart insole has a built-in GPS, which makes it possible to track a loved one with dementia from a computer, tablet or smartphone.
- True Link Prepaid Visa Card (cost is $10 per month). Lets users with mild cognitive impairments make small purchases, but alerts caregivers when big expenditures are attempted.
- MedMinder (cost is $50 per month for pillbox rental and refill service). This is no ordinary 28-day pill box. A company pharmacist fills the prescriptions with customized trays. Reminders to take pills include flashing lights, beep and even text messages.
- Starkey Livio Edge AI hearing aids (cost is $5,000 to $6,500 per pair, including audiologist service). These rechargeable hearing aids help customize and clarify sound for the wearer.
- Envoy at Home (cost is $100 to $400 per month). This remote caregiving service is intended for home-alone older adults who can’t afford a full-time health aide.