It’s not likely that a robot will ever replace the loving touch of a family member, but they may be of service in ways that were once likely unheard of including caring for the elderly. These robots could prove useful in helping the elderly stay home even when physical or cognitive abilities indicate they should be living in a care facility.
Independent living doesn't mean that you need to use your days running around and shopping 'til you drop. As we age, we have earned a little time to unwind so it’s time to relax and unwind a little. One way to benefit is by having many of the items you normally get for yourself delivered to your home or living facility. Perishables and doctor prescribed pharmaceutical are two things you have to renew at normal intervals and both are able to be delivered by a home delivery company, giving you extra freedom and time to relax, enjoy friends and family or do an outside activity.
Falls are a real concern for our maturing population, as well as for the wellbeing of our families and ourselves. According to Colorado State University (CSU), one-third of all Americans over the age of 65 will encounter a fall in the near future, and of those, 33 percent who experience a fall, nearly 70 percent of them will fall again in the following year. As stated by CSU, "falls are the leading cause of medical emergencies in individuals 65 or over," making them a concern for those who are in that age bracket.
It’s no surprise to anyone that slips and falls are more likely to occur as we age and are more likely to cause injury in seniors. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that about 1 out of 3 individuals older than 65 years of age falls and 30% of those people experience a medical injury such as broken hips or head trauma. Subsequently, the recovery time and damage caused by the fall could create a lifetime of troublesome living while adding to the degree of danger as our loved ones age.
As we age, we need to make some difficult decisions and one of those might be, should we get a dog to help keep us company and help protect the house? It’s a difficult decision for myriad reasons including: who will care for your pets if you can no longer age in place, do you have the strength and energy to house train a new puppy or does your lifestyle lend itself to bringing a dog into the home?