Gopal Ramakrishnan, a financial consultant with a major analyst firm in the US, was standing at the crossroads. He had to decide whether to continue with his 15-year old job or return to his hometown, Hyderabad. While he was well-settled in the US, the health and wellbeing of his aging parents was becoming a major cause of worry. Despite repeated pleas, when Ramakrishnan’s parents didn’t agree to leave their ancestral home and shift to the US, he decided to take up a job in Hyderabad.
With more and more children migrating to bigger cities or settling abroad for better job prospects, leaving the elderly behind, such examples are quite common in urban India. As the number of senior citizens in the country continue to rise, the situation is going to become even more serious in the years to come. In fact, according to the estimates released by the United Nations Population Fund, by 2050, India will be home to one out of every six of the world’s older persons.
Given this scenario, a tracking system that enables family members or caregivers to monitor day-to-day health of the elderly and ensure their safety remotely can prove to be revolutionary. This is exactly what wearables devices do. From providing the details of an elderly’s location, displaying his daily activity log to notifying changes in activity patterns, these devices truly empower senior citizens and their caregivers.
Browse through our list of five wearables that promote independent living in senior citizens and help caregivers ensure their safety:
1. CarePredict Tempo
Tempo, by CarePredict, is a wristband that is aimed at identifying early health issues in senior citizens and alert support staff or relatives who are staying separately, in case of problems. In the first seven days, it measures daily activities and creates a rhythm journal. It proactively tracks changes in normal activity patterns by factoring in day-to-day activities like eating, sleeping, cooking, brushing, etc. For example, if a user is sleeping more than usual hours, then it could possibly indicate some weakness or illness. Or if the user is not doing activities of interest less frequently, it could indicate possible disinterest in life or onset of depression. Caregivers can easily check these patterns by logging into their loved one’s private account from any computer.
Further, Tempo uses beacons to track user’s location in the home. It then combines location data with motion, type, speed, number of duration and frequency to give alerts. For instance, lying for two hours in the living room may be a nap, whereas lying in the bathroom would notify you that something might be wrong.
What makes the device perfect for elderly people is the fact that it charges wirelessly, there are no cords or plugs. The CarePredict Tempo is available for pre-order at $169. The company also provides monitoring service for $ 14.99 to $29.99 per month.