Friday, December 08, 2017

Smart-home tech might help older adults live independently longer

A recent survey by the research firm Parks Associates of adults age 40 and over found that 80 percent expected to still be living in their own homes when they were 80 years old.

That expectation, however, is contingent on maintaining the financial means and the physical abilities to continue to live independently. While smart-home technology can’t help boost financial security, it could help seniors with health and safety concerns.

While seniors want more than the socially stigmatizing “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” alert pendants that have been around since the 1980s, some smart-home technologies currently available are still too complicated to set up and operate, said Brad Russell, Parks Associates senior research analyst.

From the article "Smart-home tech might help older adults live independently longer" by Benny Evangelista.

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