Smart Technology: an Aid to the Elderly

Smart Technology: an Aid to the Elderly

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Smart technologies such as AI, ML and virtual assistance are resolving the problems occuring during people's old age.

FREMONT, CA: As the world continues to age and the population existing in developed countries advance to full maturity, the ethical question of what should be done to the elderly and how their age can be preserved seems to come up quite frequently. The inception of smart technology has developed supportive tools which assist the senior population in living independently around the world.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), above two billion recipients across the globe are projected to cross the 60-year milestone by 2050. Therefore, along with technological development providing sufficient care becomes the primary focus of several countries. Although measured diets and improved medical practices have contributed to decreasing the risk of developing any disease, the aging population and declining immunity have caused a significant turmoil in the healthcare sector.

With the integration of technological assistance, the elderly will independently continue to live in their own homes without any physical support. The emergency responses provided by artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) will cover both the technological as well as the ethical aspects.   

Providing care exceeds much more than just completing the physical necessities; it extends to psychological grounds where AI comes into play. The elderly often tend to lack human connection and suffer from loneliness. However, the integration of AI-powered virtual assistance will enable senior citizens to interact with and organically share their ideas. The ability of AI to learn from previous conversations and respond accordingly creates a sensitive touch to the monotonous lives of the elderly. Furthermore, AI-powered speech technology is capable of making conversations while simultaneously collecting behavioral data which can be used to detect disorder and speech impairments efficiently.

Even though smart technologies are playing a vital role in redesigning and extending the elderly care, the emotional connectivity cannot be substituted by synthetic means. The value of understanding human needs always lies on the fine line, which should be understood in order to achieve an ethically efficient and functionally effective healthcare ecosystem.

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