In this era of globalization, senior citizens have now better access to top class healthcare than ever before.
Detailed reports and research studies show an increasingly ageing population, driven by falling fertility rates and enhanced life expectancy. This increase in the average age of the population is expected to continue, probably even accelerate over the coming years. Our advances in medicine and technology spanning over various domains has enabled us to care for our elderly in ways that would have been rendered impossible just a few decades ago.
The cross connectivity in technology and healthcare has not only made it possible to extend health services to senior individuals, but has also empowered them to extend their independence. Considering the aforementioned global demographic shift, exploring better ways to solve issues concerning the senior age group is vital. Integrating technology with medicine has somewhat reduced the pressure on family members as they try to balance their own busy schedules and caring for their families.
IoT (Internet of Things) in health services bases its foundation on the idea of streamlining health management so that the user can continue living as they did before at home, thus eliminating the need to disrupt routine and cause further inconvenience. The devices involved are designed keeping the end-user in mind and hence are extremely user-friendly, making it easier for individuals belonging to the senior age group to inculcate them into their daily routines.
Assessment of health standards has been simplified by a large margin with the use tracking devices that pick up on the minutest of warning signals that play an essential role in making a diagnosis as well as recording the progress of a condition. They also minimise the risk of noncompliance to drug schedules by sending personalised alerts. The use of internet to solve issues that were seemingly insignificant but unyielding has made caring for the elderly much easier. Providing them with health services in a fashion that demands minimal effort on their part leads to the unfolding of an extremely promising future for healthcare.
Virtual assistants and portable diagnostic and predictive devices bring down the cost of medical care and eventually lead to better elder care. Healthcare expenditure rates account for a higher percentage when compared to those of other age groups. Since ailments of the senior age group are predominantly of the chronic type, constant monitoring of relevant parameters is of importance. Wearable devices being employed for this purpose continuously record vitals without disturbing the individuals.
Memory can pose a problem with advancing age and it becomes difficult for senior individuals to keep track of their medication and the schedule. Disruption of schedule might not only aggravate existing conditions, but also cause further complications requiring hospitalisation. Issues concerning failure of compliance driven by inconsistencies in memory can be easily addressed through personalised alerts sent to users. This eliminates redundant expenditures and complications that can be easily avoided by the use of IoT in healthcare.
Remote monitoring devices make caring for the elderly less stressful and more efficient. Family members can stay updated about the vitals of the elderly users while providing them any assistance they might require. These devices connect senior individuals with their relatives while making it easier for them to manage their diseases with support and care from family and friends who might be living away. Technology ensures that the seniors are being continuously non-intrusively monitored so that attention and support can be provided at the earliest if the need arises.
IoT in healthcare synchronizes individuals across the globe, as if enabling them to exist and interact as a syncytium, a single connected unit. This way, we provide our elderly a secure and safe environment while making sure they get to retain their independence and privacy. Our ancestors presented us with the gift of life. It’s the least we can do for them.