The Future of Tech for Aging Populations
There are two global trends that continue to increase as time moves forward. One is the rapid development of technology and technological devices. The other is the increasing population of aging individuals. By the year 2050, 1 in 6 people will be over the age of 65, an increase from 1 in 11 people in 2019. A greater population of older adults translates to more pressure over time on medical healthcare providers to meet the needs of this growing demographic. This also means that there is a substantial population that will need to rely on technology for their everyday use. The latter raises several questions. What kind of technology will aging individuals adopt? And, how will technology companies meet the demands of this growing population?
The World Economic Forum argues that aging, health issues, and the future of technology will be intricately intertwined. More research is necessary to understand this vast market and how both tech companies and aging adults and their caregivers will adapt together.
Older individuals and family caregivers
Today, aging populations, as well as family caregivers, adopt technology that improves their quality of life, longevity, independence, and social connections. This trend is expected to continue as time goes on. It is, therefore, important that tech companies are attuned to the various needs of their consumers in this particular age bracket. This is exactly what product designers are thinking about when engineering new products.
Product designers have to think about how their customers will use a product. Aging individuals and family caregivers have specific needs that technology should address. For example, older adults experience age-related changes in their bodies over time. This can mean changes in motor-functions, hearing, vision, and so on. Product designers can keep these realities in mind by building hardware with features suited for this demographic, like modified keyboards, screen readers, larger fonts, and other features to make a userss experiences better.
Also, family caregivers can benefit from technology that allows them to perform their roles more easily, like through different software applications and digital management tools. For example, family caregivers often have to keep track of their loved one’s medical appointments, medication schedule, and medical records. An application that can make this aspect of caregiving easier to work through and manage can benefit millions of people. As technology continues to change and as data becomes analyzed and collected in new ways, the opportunities for older adults, caregivers, and tech companies to work together are myriad.
Take advantage of technology now
If you are a caregiver reading this, take advantage of the nearly infinite selections available to you on your smart phone, tablet, or computer. You can search for apps in your device’s app store or search online for useful applications that can suit your needs. Sometimes it will take trial and error to find something that works for you. Don’t be afraid to explore what can potentially be a useful tool for many years.
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