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Technology to Lower Fall Risk in Seniors

By Jennifer Thompson, 9:00 am on

Falls result in millions of emergency room visits every year, and many of those visits are from seniors over the age of 65. This is why companies from around the world are now working on technology that could potentially prevent falls. Here is a closer look at a handful of devices that are specifically designed to stop these devastating accidents before they occur. 

Wearable Trackers

One of the issues with wearable technology is that modern batteries don’t hold a charge for a long time. Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas have gotten around this issue by creating a wearable tracker that only turns on when an individual is moving around. The goal of the tracker is to collect data just before a fall occurs to help doctors come up with better treatment plans for balance and strength issues. These small trackers can easily be tucked away in a pocket or attached to a small chain around an individual’s neck. 

Fall-related injuries can make your senior loved one susceptible to several long-term health conditions. Living with a serious health condition can make it challenging for seniors to age in place. However, they can maintain a higher quality of life with the help of professional live-in care. Nashville seniors can benefit from assistance with meal prep, bathing, transportation to the doctor’s office, medication reminders, and much more.

Video Games

iStoppFalls is a small Australian company that is now using a combination of wearable sensors and video game motion sensors to develop balance and strength games for seniors. Seniors can control these games with nothing more than their hands and feet, and the goal is to increase the player’s dexterity and hand-eye coordination. Companies such as Microsoft have produced motion sensor games specifically for those who would like to enhance their balance and spatial awareness.

Shoe Sensors

In conjunction with a startup known as 24eight, AT&T has developed “smart slippers” that can detect minor changes in an individual’s gait and stance. After these slippers are worn for a short time, they begin to learn how the wearer stands and moves around. When the slippers notice any deviations, they then alert the wearer or caregiver with a sound or electronic message. 

Floor Sensors

With floor sensors, seniors won’t have to worry about remembering to wear slippers around the home. Instead, the floor will detect their walking and movement patterns. Caregivers or family members will be alerted when a loved one starts to sway or becomes unbalanced. 

Fall-related injuries are just some of the many age-related challenges older adults are susceptible to. Seniors can face a variety of challenges as they age, many of which can be mitigated with the help of professional in-home caregivers who provide high-quality non-medical senior care. Nashville families trust in Home Care Assistance to help their elderly loved ones age in place safely and comfortably.

Personal Airbags

A Japanese company called Props released a personal airbag in 2008, but this unique product never quite took off. When the wearer would lose balance or begin to fall over, the airbag would protect vital areas such as the head and spine. Instead of falling all the way to the ground, the airbag helped seniors catch their balance on a piece of furniture or nearby wall without breaking any bones or lacerating their skin. However, the airbag was obtrusive and uncomfortable to wear. Newer models that are smaller and more discreet might become popular in the future.

If your loved one has limited mobility due to a fall-related injury, making it unsafe for him or her to perform daily tasks, consider hiring a professional caregiver. In Nashville, TN, home care agencies can be a great boon to seniors. With the help of the caregivers at Home Care Assistance, your aging loved one can lead a happier and healthier life. We offer a revolutionary program called the Balanced Care Method, which encourages seniors to eat nutritious foods, exercise and socialize regularly, and focus on other lifestyle factors that increase life expectancy. For a free in-home consultation, give us a call at (615) 656-4999 today.