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Gerontechnology- Assistive Technology for Aging Populations

The University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community has published an article on, “gerontechnology” (also referred to as “gerotechnology” or assistive technology for the aging). The following provides several resources and examples of devices that may also ease the burden on caregivers of aging adults.

According to the National Alliance of Caregivers and AARP (2009), 67% of caregivers are women and 33% are men. In the U.S., nearly 50 million individuals provide care for adult family members or friends. This is where gerontechnology comes to the rescue.

From simple tools, such as a handheld magnifier, to more complex systems, like the Essence VG for higher-level communication needs, gerontechnology can help caregivers bring a better quality of life to the older adults they care for.

Below are a few examples of how gerontechnology can help caregivers and aging adults. (This is not an endorsement, rather a few examples of numerous products on the market.)

Personal Emergency Response Systems:
Mobile Alert, LifeFone, Amber Select

Fall Detection:
Lifeline with Auto Alert, Wellcore’s MPERS device

Lifting/Transferring:
The Swivel Patent Transfer, Lateral Patient Transfer Device, EZ Go Patient Transfer Slide , Other Patient Lift systems

Hearing:
Relay Indiana and Captel, Sound Bytes, Harris Communications

Vision:
LS&S, Enhanced Vision, Indpendent Living Aids

Communication:
Tobii AT, Dynavox, PRC, ZYGO

Other Gerontechnology Resources:
Fact Sheet: Highlights from the Assistive Technologies for Functional Improvement Technology Review

NPR: various articles on Aging and Technology

Leading Age

American Senior Housing Association

Abledata

For this entire article see: Center for Aging & Community

 

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