AI and agetech: Improving the face of ageing in the future

It is now high time to explore the data-driven facets of AI and AgeTech that contribute to a revolution in elderly care, focusing on India's unique challenges and opportunities

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Amidst the global ageing trend, there is an escalating need for inventive solutions to tackle the intricacies and potentials linked with ageing. To cater to the dynamic needs of the demographic shift in India, the fusion of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and AgeTech (Ageing Technology) emerges as a potent force with vast potential to uplift the overall well-being of the ageing population. This integration stands as a transformative approach to address the challenges and seize the opportunities presented by the aging phenomenon, particularly in the context of India's evolving demographics. It is now high time to explore the data-driven facets of AI and AgeTech that contribute to a revolution in elderly care, focusing on India's unique challenges and opportunities.


How AI is Improving Ageing in the Future

Health Monitoring:

AI is proving to be a game-changer in real-time health monitoring for seniors. Wearable technology and sensors equipped with AI algorithms can evaluate medical data, track vital signs, monitor activity levels, and analyze sleep patterns. This wealth of health data provides caregivers and healthcare professionals with valuable insights, enabling early detection of health issues and proactive intervention.


According to the results of an AI-based diagnostic tool manufactured by Clare Medical, the implementation of AI-based health monitoring has led to a 51% reduction in hospitalizations among the elderly, showcasing the preventive impact of technology.

Personalized Healthcare:

The ability of AI systems to analyze genetic information, medical histories, and lifestyle variables paves the way for personalized healthcare plans tailored to individual needs. By minimizing the risk of pharmaceutical side effects and optimizing treatment efficiency, AI contributes to a higher quality of life for seniors. Anticipated to experience substantial growth, the AI-linked healthcare market is projected to reach USD 6.6 billion by 2021, reflecting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 40%.


Cognitive Assistance:

AI-driven cognitive assistance tools play an important role in helping older individuals manage daily tasks. From medication reminders to appointment scheduling and grocery shopping, virtual assistants powered by AI offer not just practical assistance but also companionship, addressing the issue of loneliness often experienced by seniors.

A deep learning (DL) based algorithm leveraged neuroimaging metrics derived from Diffusion-Tensor Imaging (DTI) and MRI data [16]. The study involved 35 subjects with amyloid-β42 negative mild cognitive impairment (MCI), 35 with positive MCI (amyloid-β42 positive), and 25 healthy controls. The results revealed that in predicting preclinical Alzheimer's disease (AD) dementia, DTI data exhibited superior accuracy compared to grey matter volume (77% accuracy for DTI vs. 68% for grey matter volume).


Fall Detection and Prevention:

One of the critical concerns for the elderly is the risk of falls. As per available data, annually, 30% of individuals aged 65 and above, and 50% of those aged 81 and above, encounter falls, posing potential risks with significant consequences. AI integrated into smart home systems can detect falls or abnormal activity patterns, triggering immediate alerts to caregivers or emergency services. Based on research findings, the LSTM model demonstrated precise fall detection, achieving an accuracy rate of 99%. This ensures a swift response in the event of an accident, potentially saving lives.

Data Security and Privacy:


The significance of robust security measures cannot be overstated in the world of AI-powered AgeTech, given the sensitivity of health and personal data. Safeguarding the privacy and confidentiality of this information is a priority. It is essential to building trust between caregivers and users. It provides individuals with a sense of security in their engagements with technology aimed at improving the well-being of the ageing population. As dependence on AgeTech continues to increase, the unwavering commitment to stringent security protocols becomes integral in laying the groundwork for trust and confidence in these evolving technologies.

Challenges and the Need for Training:

While the potential benefits of AI and AgeTech in elderly care are vast, the improper use of these technologies can have adverse effects on both physical and mental health. Comprehensive training programs for caregivers and users are essential to maximize the positive impact of these innovations.


Wrapping Up

The synergy between AI and AgeTech holds the key to transforming elderly care in India and beyond. As the ageing population continues to grow, embracing these innovations responsibly and investing in proper training will be pivotal in ensuring a brighter and healthier future for seniors in India and around the world. The data speaks for itself – AI and AgeTech are not just futuristic concepts but tangible solutions shaping the face of ageing in the 21st century.

The article has been written by Tarun Sharma, Founder & CEO at Yodda- Eldercare