San Diego, CA. My parents are nearing 70. Although they don’t always nail the lingo, I’d definitely categorize them as tech-proficient. My mom’s on facebook more than I am and my dad’s always quick with a text response.
They are in the majority. According to Pew Research, 77% of seniors (65+) own smartphones and 71% use the internet every day. Some 81% who use social networking sites say that they socialize with others on a daily or near-daily basis.
And, the future is bright “Although mobile devices, the Internet of Things (IoT), big data, analytics, and cloud-based services permit almost every age group to use technology for better health, perhaps no generation is poised to benefit more than seniors.” InformationWeek
Here are just a few highlights of developments specifically for seniors in the personal emergency response category:
GreatCall offers a waterproof mobile phone that has built-in emergency response capabilities and just announced a fall detection feature that automatically contacts their 5Star emergency operators.
Phillips’ GoSafe is a cellular-enabled pendant device with a button for 2-way communication in case of emergency.
Lively is a home system that includes a hub and activity sensors as well as a safety watch to enable seniors to stay at home longer.
RedPanicButton and TrackerAssist are mobile apps designed to contact loved ones when a simple alert is activated.
Otosense offers apps that translate doorbells, alarms, telephone rings andother sounds into visual cues.
70 is the New 50 is a trend we’re following closely in 2015 (see Consumer Trend #4). And, while we’re sometimes still met with disbelief when we bring the tech-savvy senior stats to the table, perceptions are beginning to change as well.