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In-home technology helps prolong independent living

By Ira Zunin

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Feb 22, 2014

~~<p>Imagine an electronic device that knows whether you've taken important medication and reports that to your health provider. What about a device that can tell whether you have gotten out of bed in the morning? For many of us this scenario sounds like an absolute nightmare. Yet, whether we like it or not, high-tech medical devices in the home are becoming part of the recipe for health, safety and happiness.</p>
<p>We now face dramatic changes in the demo&shy;graphic structure of the population. In 2030, 22 percent of the population will be over 65 years of age, based on National Center of Health Statistics estimates. The number of people over 75 will rise fastest. Predictions indicate that by 2050 we'll be dealing with 50 million octogenarians. Although our soon-to-be elderly are healthier, more active and better educated than the previous generations, aging still comes with disabilities.</p>
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Imagine an electronic device that knows whether you've taken important medication and reports that to your health provider. What about a device that can tell whether you have gotten out of bed in the morning? For many of us this scenario sounds like an absolute nightmare. Yet, whether we like it or not, high-tech medical devices in the home are becoming part of the recipe for health, safety and happiness.

We now face dramatic changes in the demo­graphic structure of the population. In 2030, 22 percent of the population will be over 65 years of age, based on National Center of Health Statistics estimates. The number of people over 75 will rise fastest. Predictions indicate that by 2050 we'll be dealing with 50 million octogenarians. Although our soon-to-be elderly are healthier, more active and better educated than the previous generations, aging still comes with disabilities. Login for more...



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