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For older adults -- What attributes of wearables will help in the future?

What does the future hold for wearables and older adults? Change is ahead. Older adults in 2021 are at the same point of awareness and adoption of wearables as was once the case for Voice First.  According to AARP's recent technology survey, most, especially those aged 70+, have not adopted wearables. They may be particularly unfamiliar with those that capture and track health-related status.  But that will change, as general market adoption drives interest among older adults and those who care for them.  Price points will become more affordable and data will become more actionable, informative, and predictive of future change. As the technology evolves, wearables will be:

ALOE CARE HEALTH PARTNERS WITH BIOINTELLISENSE TO INTEGRATE GROUNDBREAKING CONTINUOUS VITAL SIGN MONITORING FOR SCALABLE REMOTE PATIENT CARE

05/20/2021

Aloe Care Health, the worlds' most advanced voice-activated medical alert system and caregiver support platform, has partnered with BioIntelliSense to integrate its revolutionary medical grade remote patient monitoring (RPM) multi-parameter wearable devices and data services. This represents a significant milestone with the BioIntelliSense FDA-cleared BioSticker™ and medical grade BioButton™ becoming the first RPM devices to earn the “Certified by Aloe Care” designation.

Adoption of wearables by older adults -- what are the barriers?

For wearables to be useful to older adults, some barriers need to be overcome.  As has been the case with other technology innovations that can provide great benefit to seniors, the value of wearables may be great for older adults -- especially when personalized to the characteristics and needs of an individual. However, the implementation and/or data integration may be lacking. And there may be significant concerns about being tracked or where the data resides. Reviewing the impediments to this useful category actually being adopted -- these may include:

Five Trends Driving Potential of Wearables and Older Adults

Wearables are nothing new – except in how they are used.  The Quantified Self movement, coined as a term in Wired in 2007, simply described the growing interest in tracking those personal characteristics that could be recorded and analyzed by the user of wearable technology. From activity trackers that gained popularity in the past decade, to introduction of smart watches by Apple in 2015, the adoption of wearables by older adults has continued to grow.  New products fuel interest about their potential for older adult health-related benefit, such as the Oura Ring, the Apple Watch Series 6 and the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 Active, or the Bose SoundControl hearing aid.

Five Wearable Tech Offerings for 2021

Not your mother’s pendant or your father’s blood pressure cuff. Today’s wearables, adopted by only a small percentage of older adults, have possibilities for helping many.  Research interviews for The Future of Wearables and Older Adults 2021 report, published in June, show notable change in this market. Wearables today have moved beyond the PERS pendant functionality so long marketed to older adults. Today’s devices, whether on ear, hand, or wrist,  may incorporate AI, enable personalization, track multiple health attributes, notice change, predict future issues, or even provide guidance for suggested health improvements.  Here are five examples discussed with their execs in research interviews -- all content comes from the company website or reviews:

HandsFree Health Integrates with Smart Home and Smart Medical Devices

03/08/2021

WAYNE, Pa., March 8, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- HandsFree Health™, provider of WellBe®, a secure, HIPAA compliant, voice-enabled virtual health assistant platform, today announced its integration with leading  smart home and smart medical devices, fitness and activity trackers to make remote care and patient monitoring more accessible. HandsFree Health devices, including the WellBe smart speaker, smartwatch and mobile apps, now operate hundreds of smart home and medical devices using simple voice commands.

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