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Technology must-haves for aging in place

Technology must-haves for aging in place Smart home technology can help seniors age in place.

Over 90 percent of senior citizens prefer to stay home as they age rather than enter a long-term care facility, according to USA Today. Whether that means living independently or getting the help of a home health aid, there are plenty of technological advances that will make life easier for those who choose to age in place

Smart phone app in front of house.

Smart home technology can help seniors age in place.

Smart home providers 
Devices with the ability to control various items throughout a house can be useful for those with mobility or memory problems, according to CNN. These systems are able to control the thermostat, TV, phone, lights and more with nothing but a voice command, according to CBS News. Turning on a light switch by asking an electronic system is useful for seniors who would otherwise need assistance to get across the room. Having one device that controls multiple systems limits the number of remotes and controls a person needs to keep track of or remember how to operate. These systems can also act as emergency backups since they can place calls in the case of a fall or medical emergency as long as the person can still verbalize the call command. 

Medication dispensers 
Taking medications accurately and on time is one of the biggest concerns for aging people and their families. It's easy to forget a dose or accidentally double up when taking multiple medications throughout the day. There are now medication dispensers that allow you to schedule reminders for various times throughout the day. At the scheduled time an alarm will go off and the appropriate medications and dose will be dispensed. If the medication is not removed an alert can go out to a designated phone number to notify a relative or care-giver. Outside of the scheduled time, no medications will be available to prevent accidental overdose. 

Video cameras 
For homebound seniors, video chatting provides access to family and friends that would otherwise be limited by proximity. Video chatting can allow remote caregivers or family members to check in on their loved ones, while also providing companionship and company. After all, everyone wants to see their grandchildren! 

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