Monitoring your Ageing Parents with Technology


Over the last year, this report has highlighted numerous innovative initiatives involving elderly care. For this reason, I thought I'd feature an article that ran recently on technology and elderly care in the New York Times. The article is valuable in that it not only introduces different ways to bridge elderly-care through technology but it also dissects the challenges of these systems and recognizes the real need to personalize late-life care by providing anecdotal and empirical evidence alike. In some cases technology may simply be too invasive for and elderly parent or in other cases, the individual's lack of mobility might make independent living impossible. Moreover, the article doesn't pretend that technology can ever completely supplement the important role that family, friends and one's community play in maintaining quality of life for an elderly individual. Rather, without being redundant, it gives us an up to date glance at the potential role of technology in late-life care.

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