As winter quickly approaches, everyone is affected by the harsh season that the change of season brings each year. But for seniors, this time of the year presents a series of new challenges and dangers. In fact, more than 50% of hypothermia deaths are among seniors, according to the CDC. However, that is not the only risk, as the most common dangers may include:
• Falling/Slipping on ice
• Higher risk of flu
• Seasonal Affective Disorder
• Social isolation
By 2035, the senior population over 65 will increase to 132 million. But despite the improvements in healthcare, one in four seniors will have at least one difficulty in vision, hearing, and/or cognition. The good news is that innovative smart technologies are rising to address the challenges of senior living, especially during the winter season.
Today, smart home alarms help detect and alert adults to potentially dangerous situations in the home’s kitchen, bathroom, and living spaces. More than just the traditional smoke detectors, smart technology can alert for water leaks, freeze detection, and when toxic gases are released, helping seniors prevent potential hazards. In addition, personal emergency response systems allow seniors to call for assistance in case of an accident. Devices can be set to call not only emergency responders but also family and caregivers who need to be notified.
Another common worry among families with independent seniors is the high risk of falling due to dark pathways. In fact, one in three adults age 65 fall every year. As seniors age, the sensation in their body, especially if they have diabetes, arthritis, stroke complications, or poor circulation, may decline. Therefore, to prevent the risk of falling in the dark, motion-activated lights can be installed in the home.
For seniors with mobility issues, smart thermostats can easily be activated by voice command or remote control. Seniors can control their device straight from their smartphones. This eliminates the need to adjust temperature settings as such devices can be monitored to ensure that the temperature is safe and comfortable during the cold, winter season. In addition, Amazon’s Alexa allows seniors to control their daily settings and contacts such as monitoring your Google calendar, medication reminder, and more.
With these top smart technologies, seniors and their families can feel safe, warm, and comfortable all winter long. Not only will they make independent living easier or seniors, but also provide a sense of the security for the entire household.