More seniors are willing to integrate technology in their homes

Lisa Wurth

August 2, 2011

Florida used to be the hot spot for retirees to go, but this may no longer be the case. Many towns across America are starting to realize that more seniors are choosing to remain in their hometowns and live close to their families, rather than head for warmer climates. Communities are starting to focus attention on creating more options for seniors, such as assisted living facilities, but many older adults want to live independently as long as they can, according to the Indy Star.

The AARP recently released the results of the Healthy@Home 2.0 study, which analyzes older adults' awareness of and willingness to use new technology that can help them remain at home and independent.

The survey found that more than half of participants have heard of senior alert systems that detect falls and sensors that alert residents if windows or doors have been opened unexpectedly, and nearly as many are willing to consider using these devices. Medical alert systems can also remind seniors to take their medication, and willingness to use this technology has increased since the first AARP survey in 2007.

The organization recommends that family caregivers talk with aging relatives about their options for safety and health-related technology, keeping in mind that financial issues and talks about aging can be stressful for older adults.

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