• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
News Alert: DIRECTV Customers: Tell DIRECTV to bring back KTVA - Call 800-531-5000. - Read More
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
2m

Must-have medical tech devices for seniors

By Ivanhoe Newswire 5:51 PM May 2, 2014

There are almost 40 million Americans over the age of 65.

Five years from now, that number is going to double. That means one-in-five people will be in their mid-60s. Those 85 and older will stand for 15 percent of the population. Seniors want independence and new technology is allowing them to live at home longer than ever before. Now, there are four high-tech devices that you need to know about.

Josie and Bernie Shelly are in their 80s and have no plans of slowing down.

“I’ve never been afraid a day riding with him,” Josie Shelly told Ivanhoe.

However, an accident at home frightens them both.

“I think that’s always on your mind, if he was to fall or one or the other wasn’t around,” Josie said.

One-in-three people over the age of 65 falls each year, but new technology is now keeping a watchful eye on our aging population.

“We are doing research to find things to keep older adults in their home longer,” Debra Krotish, PhD, assistant director for Senior Smart, the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, told Ivanhoe.

A vibration detector can be placed on the floor to detect if a person has fallen.

Motion detectors track a person’s movement. Family members or friends can track the movement or non-movement from their computers, without being too intrusive.

“If you put them by the bedside or by the bathroom door, you know that mom has gotten up in the middle of the night,” Dr. Krotish said.

New research shows 30 percent of people who end up in nursing homes do so because they couldn’t manage their medication.

Well, pill dispensers have come a long way, from a box with pills divided by day to an automated pill dispenser. A caregiver can load several days’ worth of medicine and the machine is coded to deliver the right amount at the right time.

And a blood pressure cuff and scale sends data by Bluetooth to an online system that family members and caregivers can access.

These are four ways to keep seniors safe and at home.

No single private insurance plan or public program pays for all types of assistive technology. Medicare pays for up to 80 percent of the cost of what it calls durable medical equipment.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers more extensive financial assistance for veterans needing it.

 

Latest Stories

  • News

    Juneau to review new affordable housing project

    by Associated Press on Feb 27, 14:55

    Juneau officials are considering a plan to construct dozens of affordable homes to help meet the demand for single-family housing in the city. The Juneau Empire reports that the city’s Planning Commission is set to review the proposed Pederson Hill Subdivision on Tuesday. Officials say the project would contain 86 residential lots designed to attract […]

  • Politics

    Alaska Senate leader: Passing a permanent fund bill critical

    by Associated Press on Feb 27, 14:43

    The majority leader of the Alaska Senate says he will consider this session a success if lawmakers pass the state operating and infrastructure budgets and a bill that allows for structured draws from Alaska’s oil-wealth fund. Republican Sen. Peter Micciche told reporters Monday that when you add “extreme cuts” or broad-based taxes to the mix, […]

  • Lifestyle

    SpaceX says it will fly 2 people around the moon next year

    by Associated Press on Feb 27, 13:23

    SpaceX says it will fly two people to the moon next year. Company chief Elon Musk announced the surprising news Monday. Two people who know one another approached the company about sending them on a weeklong flight just beyond the moon. Musk won’t identify the pair or the price tag. He says they’ve already paid […]

  • On-Air

    Teacher of the Week: Laura Freeman

    by James Gaddis on Feb 27, 12:14

    For the first time in Laura Freeman’s 16-year teaching career, she is teaching just one subject — math. KTVA 11’s Teacher of the Week was instrumental in changing the fifth and sixth grade class structure, at Baxter Elementary School, to a middle school model. This year, the school’s oldest students have a different teacher for math, english, […]

  • Weather

    Plow crews reopen Elliott Highway, work to open Steese

    by Associated Press on Feb 27, 10:28

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Heavy snowfall and strong winds closed two northern Alaska highways over the weekend. Alaska Department of Transportation spokeswoman Meadow Bailey says crews have reopened the Elliott Highway after a closure Sunday and are working to reopen the Steese Highway. She says truckers heading for North Slope oil fields face hazardous conditions […]

  • News

    Wasilla man killed in snowmachine wreck in Talkeetna

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Feb 27, 9:30

    A 19-year-old was killed in a snowmachine wreck in Talkeetna Sunday. At 3:20 p.m., Alaska State Troopers were notified of a “possible fatality in the area of the Talkeetna Mountains, near Yoder Road, in Talkeetna,” the agency said. Jacob Harris, of Wasilla, was found underneath his idling snowmachine near a steep embankment. He was unresponsive. Other […]

  • News

    AST: 1 killed in Butte house fire

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Feb 27, 9:20

    A woman was killed and a man was injured in a house fire on South Knik River Road Sunday, according to Alaska State Troopers. Troopers and the Mat-Su Fire Department were called to the home at 12:54 p.m. for a report of a residence fully engulfed in flames, with one woman still inside, AST said. “Investigation revealed […]

  • Lifestyle

    Chugiak first responder thankful for community support after snowboarding accident

    by Daniella Rivera on Feb 27, 7:30

    A Chugiak first responder who’s used to rescuing other people found himself on the other side of an accident last week. Peter Casey works as a flight paramedic for LifeMed Alaska and helps out with Chugiak Volunteer Fire and Rescue. In his free time, the lifelong Alaskan enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his family. But […]