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Tech vs. the Human Touch: How Is Technology Changing Aging Care? | St. Joseph Home Health Care

Home Sweet Home In-Home Care recognizes how technology is constantly changing our lives, from how we work to how we play, and even how we care for our loved ones and ourselves. The lives of the next generation of seniors will be unlike any others in all of history. If you can imagine it, it’s likely to be available in the near future, if it isn’t already! Consider, for instance, these examples of how life for seniors may soon be impacted by more technology:

  • Social: Many seniors are already enjoying Skype sessions to stay close to the grandkids, but the next generation of online socializing may be able to allow for projection directly on a wall in the home. Just picture distant family and friends all able to “gather together” on the dining room wall for dinner!
  • Transportation: One of the most challenging aspects of aging can be the realization that it’s time to give up the car keys for safety reasons. However, automotive technology is now steering in the direction of self-driving cars operated through simple text commands, enabling seniors to drive longer, and more safely.
  • Health: Advances in health-related technology are truly mindboggling, including the possibilities for a bathroom mirror that can scan one’s face and detect heart disease, stroke and cardiovascular disease warning signs, and even a toilet that can report its owner’s vital signs remotely to a call center.

While technological evolution is certainly exciting to watch, what will be the cost – both physically and psychologically for seniors?

At Home Sweet Home In-Home Care, we believe that technology truly can enrich seniors’ lives and enhance their safety and security. We work with leading medical alert companies to offer devices and systems that ensure your loved one is safe and sound at home, no matter what.

However, nothing will ever replace the one-on-one, face-to-face compassionate care of a professional caregiver. Dr. Joseph Coughlin notes that as a society we should imagine an older age that is more than simply living longer, but rather about living better. Read more of Dr. Coughlin’s Wall Street Journal article on how technology will transform aging.

If you have a loved one in need of care and assistance in St. Joseph or the surrounding area, contact the senior care professionals at Home Sweet Home In-Home Care today!

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