Link to SNL skit - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvT_gqs5ETk
Smart home technology is enabling can improve the quality of life for seniors, and in many cases can allow them to live in their homes longer.
Amazon Echo can be a very helpful device for seniors. To cite a couple common use cases: Consider when an elderly person falls on the floor and is unable to get up, “Alexa, help, I’m on the floor, please contact a help center or homecare aid.” Or another less urgent scenario may be helping with prescriptions, ie: “Alexa, refill my prescription and have my pills delivered.
With smart thermostats, temperature moderation can be setup one time and automatically adjust throughout the day/night, with the ability for family members to monitor temperature remotely so the elderly person never has to worry about it.
And SmartTV’s can now be controlled by voice.
For safety concerns, smart locks and cameras allow seniors to manage locks without having to walk to the door. Door cams allow them to see who’s at the door.
As memory issues become a concern in later years, tech such as (iguardfire.com) ensure that the oven will be turned off automatically if it is accidentally left on for whatever reason. It can also send an alert to loved ones via text.
Innovative medication management and tracking solutions aim to tackle the challenges of allowing the elderly to stay in the home long term vs a home. Smart controlled pillboxes such as the Tricella Liif 7 Green Smart Pillbox sends reminders and can alert members if medications still need to be taken. Or comprehensive medication management solutions such as PillDrill(https://www.pilldrill.com) offer a smart and simple way to manage medications with smart technology.
Smart night lights like Aladin (https://www.domalys.com/en/pro) will detect falls which usually occur at night and will alert caregivers.
Seniors have suffered through the “I’ve fallen and can’t get up”(link) commercials for years.
When Activity Daily Living (ADL) systems are installed, seniors can age-in-place more effectively by routinely providing key information to caregivers and family members.
All in all, there’s a lot of interesting new ways to improve the quality of life and allow seniors to age-in-place utilizing smart home technology already available on the market today. 65 million baby boomers are about to head into retirement. This makes up 20% of the population (link). Certainly the solutions for this space will continue to grow.