How technology can help you as you age

Technology is an important and growing part of our lives; it is helping make day-to-day tasks easier and keeping us more connected than ever before. Some recent advances in technology include wireless sensor networks in smart homes that can monitor vital signs like breathing and heart rate; mobile apps that can gather information about physical activity done outside the home; video games that can involve social interaction with family members and friends; and ‘virtual environments’ where users can socialize through ‘representations’ of themselves (known as avatars). While it may still seem like something you’d only see in movies, socially assistive robots are now being designed to help older adults with many important tasks. They can also help with safety, giving caregivers greater peace of mind when it comes to a loved one living alone.

Read more below about how technology is helping to enhance our lives as we age.

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