“I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up!” cried out poor Mrs. Fletcher as she lay helpless on her floor, alone and scared, her walker knocked over and laying uselessly beside her. Can anyone who watched TV in the late 1980s and early ‘90s forget the line from that famous commercial? It was so popular, in fact, that it was uttered throughout pop culture, appearing on T-shirts, novelty items, even Saturday Night Live.
The actual product being marketing was a pendant that senior citizens could wear and activate in the event they were in a dangerous situation without help—cutting-edge technology for senior care at the end of the 20th century.
Things have certainly changed. A rapidly aging Baby Boomer generation, coupled with an increase in Internet and wireless advancements, has brought a new world of technological assistance for the elderly.
Here are a few of the recent breakthroughs in senior care that might be beneficial to keep in mind as you or your loved ones age.
Improvement in Emergency Response
Falls are the leading cause of injury and death among the elderly population in America. Without proper safeguards in place, seniors living alone or in assisted living centers can be neglected. Sensatec Fall Management Solutions has created an alert system that can reach an entire staff when a senior is in danger. The key difference is the fallen person can alert the team if he can recover on his own. This eliminates needless trips and wait times that could endanger other seniors in an assisted living environment.
Ease of Connection
Loneliness is a major factor for older adults, and can diminish their quality of life and put their health in jeopardy. Part of this loneliness is ironically created by the complicated devices most of us use to improve communication. Smartphones are an essential part of life, but each update can be intimidating to the uninitiated. One option is the Jitterbug phone, an age-friendly device that is specifically designed for senior use. The company even offers workshops for seniors to learn how to operate these new gadgets.
Time to Take Your Medicine
Even the most technologically-advanced among us forget things from time to time, despite our best efforts. For the elderly, forgetting to take a medication can be fatal. Helping seniors is Reminder Rosie, a voice-activated system that is easy to use, even for those with vision and hearing issues. It even comes with a feature that uses a loved one’s voice to announce the alerts to the user, adding a level of comfort to an otherwise orderly, methodical process.
These are just a few advancements in senior care that can raise the quality of life for our beloved family members. If you’d like more information about setting up comprehensive senior care in Columbia County, speak to the certified elder law attorneys at Kreisher Marshall & Associates, LLC.