Assistive Technology—Would You Pay?

By Pamela D Wilson CSA, CG, MS, BS/BA

Technology is everywhere— computers, tablets, laptops, cellphones, games, video cameras, digital cameras—many people are addicted to having the latest technology to the degree that they wait in long lines at technology stores sometimes camping out overnight. Yet, do we see the same desire to acquire technology that has the potential to enhance quality of life for older adults? Most consumers are not even aware that such technology exists.

Called, Quality of Life Technologies, these mechanisms are designed for medication reminding, fall monitoring, monitoring blood sugar, oxygen levels and blood pressure, tracking individuals who might become lost due to a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, motion monitoring or enhancing cognitive fitness. The question remains.  Would you pay for technology that would increase your personal safety, security and health if this technology extended the length of time you were able to remain in your home?

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