Awards For Senior Living Products Show That The Aging Population Is Big Business
With millions of baby boomers hurtling head long into their golden years and resources for seniors limited, the business of caring for the elderly is about to boom as much as all those babies did. Keeping older Americans healthy and able to live independently will be more important than ever. SeniorHomes.com has created the Best Senior Living Award to recognize the companies creating the best products for the coming wave of older people.
The 2013 winner is GrandCare Systems, a company dedicated to using the latest computer technology to help seniors live independently for as long as possible. Their simple touchscreen system helps these people stay in touch with their doctors, nurses, and family. The system also helps them keep track of taking their medicines, checking their weight, blood pressure, and blood sugar. The system also provides for contact in case of emergency.
Everything is at the individual's finger tips -- literally. Just a touch on the computer screen starts the process. Easy-to-read menu items leads into several areas. It is so simple to use that previous computer experience is not required. It is designed to help make sure that the older adult is taking care of their health, staying connected with the outside world, and staying on top of their appointments and committmets.
The active and independent senior can view family photos, send and receive emails, check on the weather, video chat, maintain their calendar, and even work on improving their memory through games and quizzes. The system is very flexible and can be customized to meet each individual's needs.
Other finalists in the competition include: Captioned Telephone (or CapTel) creates closed caption telephone calls for the hard of hearing; CogniFit, a scientifically validated brain fitness technology; The Translock, a device to provide better wheelchair stability; and a GPS Smartshoe to help track older people who may have wandered off.
Fortunately most of the wave of aging baby boomers is used to using computers and other technology. This will make the acceptance of such great inventions and innovations a lot easier than for previous generations. If these things are anything at all like iPads and smart phones they will be addicting and we will shortly be wondering how we ever lived without them.
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Laurie Kay Olson
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