The Gerotechnology wave

February 12, 2010 at 8:13 am Leave a comment

 More and more we are hearing about the new technology that is becoming available to monitor seniors at home to keep them safe. For some, this high-tech “big-brother is watching” approach is a bit too intrusive; for others, it is a life saver.

The wave of at home monitoring systems has coined the new buzz word “Gerotechnology”. An article from NurseZone talks about the current research being done on these systems at a Texas University. The systems are a series of “monitoring technology, robotic tools, cameras and sensors” that watch body activity within the home to not only identify movements, but brain changes as well, as a means to help with calculating risk and preventing falls.

The goals of this research align with my role as an Occupational Therapist. I was pleasantly surprised by the holistic nature of this research. Not only is the research attempting to determine risk factors for falls as a means to maximize safety in the home environment, it is also taking into consideration the “psychological component of aging independently” as well. Occupational Therapists, by virtue of their science-driven background, can adapt environments to allow for the highest level of independence. This is one more tool for our bag of tricks.

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