New Technological Trends That Are Making It Much Easier to Make It to Old Age

Written by: Samuel Gregoth

Old age is one of those periods of life that almost didn’t exist during many periods in the past, at least not in any substantive way. Certainly, there were some people who would make it to old age, but many people didn’t. Modern technology and medicine are making it so that more and more people are making it into their elder years. As a result, it’s more worth paying attention to how technology is affecting old age than ever before. Here are some examples of tech that are transforming the way we think of living into old age.

Virtual Reality

The technology of VR is making it so that many things are possible that weren’t before for seniors. IN older times, they were stuck in one place due to their inability to travel from various infirmities. However, now seniors are using VR to experience just about anything from roller coaster rides to swimming under the ocean. 

On top of that, there’s also the fact that there are devices like Neuro Rehab VR that makes it so that older patients can get help for their brain and spinal cord injuries. The tech makes it so that you can customize the kind of rehabilitation the patient needs based on their particular situation. By making this therapy into a game, it helps take some of the stigma out of it, and it also makes it more likely that people will interact with it the amount they need in order to recover. 

Connectivity

One of the issues with those who make it to old age is that it’s often more difficult for them to communicate with their loved ones as much since they may live further away now, and they may just find it difficult to get up to use the phone, or to travel the distance to be able to see people in person. 

There are a number of technological innovations that could help with this. For one thing, self-driving cars are right on the cusp of coming out into the near mainstream. Once they are legal and deemed safe enough, they could bring a senior anywhere they wanted to go, regardless of whether they have the ability to drive there themselves since automated cars could just do all of this for them. Technology like that will help seniors keep from sitting in their house all alone due to not being able to make the trip they want to make. It would revolutionary. 

Other options regarding connectivity include that it’s easier to initiate video calls right from a smartphone these days. Smartphones are also often more user-friendly than more conventional desktops or laptops. This means that seniors will be able to have the next best thing to face to face interactions with their family all at the click of the button. 

Safety and Predictive Medicine

Through the use of modern smartwatches, it’s now possible for seniors to get around the clock monitoring of their health. That way, someone can be alerted immediately if there’s some problem that comes up, no matter where the older person is located at the time. This makes it less likely that the senior will become confused or stuck where they are since GPS could immediately locate them and then either dispatch emergency services or simply alert friends and family about where they are so that plans can be made to go assist with the situation.

Predictive medicine is also going to be revolutionary for seniors. By getting a lot of data from not only a particular elderly person, but many elder people throughout the country, the age of Big Data is making it so that patterns can be discerned within the huge group that can apply to individuals. 

Therefore, for example, it’s going to be possible for someone who is being monitored through a heart monitor on a regular basis to be informed by their phone or another device that they may be at risk for a heart attack in the near future. That way, they can get themselves to a location that will have the resources to help them through it far before it ever happens.

In some cases, this could be even days or weeks before, given the rate of knowledge acquisition by analysts using Big Data for the purpose. After all, it’s much easier to treat a problem beforehand then trying to play catch up and damage control far after it has already happened. 

Regenerative Medicine

There’s a whole new field of medicine out these days called “regenerative medicine.” What this means is, instead of merely making seniors “comfortable” when they experience severe loss of functionality in some way, it’s now possible to restore some of that function. This is possible due to technologies such as stem cells.

These cells can be injected into the site of an injury or an area of the body that has become less than functional due to old age. Then, the new cells can morph into the cells that they are put next to, creating additional brain cells, heart cells, or any other kind that is needed. The result is that the clock can be turned back somewhat, and new, younger, healthier cells take the place of old ones that are dying out and losing their abilities. 

Obviously, there are still severe limits on this currently, but there’s the possibility that this kind of rejuvenation could be expanded to nearly all parts of the body eventually, helping to extend not only the number of years of life someone has access to but the quality of life they experience over these years. 

In the industry, this is known as “healthspan” as opposed to lifespan. After all, life is a lot more fun if it’s lived using a healthier body. This tech can also potentially restore functionality from injuries people undergo in old age just from being alive, and not necessarily just from the processes of old age themselves.


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