How Will Artificial Intelligence Impact Aging and Elder Care?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the latest buzz word heard all over the world, not just in information technology domain, but across all industries. Experts predict that AI will make significant impact in several sectors of the economy. Self driving cars (aka autonomous cars) and drones are prime examples. Cheap and powerful sensors are enabling machine learning at reasonable cost.

Elder Care industry will also have significant improvements in terms senior lifestyle, health and wellness, and treatments and devices aided by artificial intelligence driven tools and technologies.

Sensors in Elder Care

A 2006 Stanford study on Artificial Intelligence highlights the impact of AI on Elder Care. The Study Panel expects an explosion of low-cost sensing technologies that can provide substantial capabilities to the elderly in their homes. In principle, social agents with a physical presence and simple physical capabilities (e.g. a mobile robot with basic communication capabilities) could provide a platform for new innovations. However, doing so will require integration across multiple areas of AI—Natural Language Processing, reasoning, learning, perception, and robotics—to create a system that is useful and usable by the elderly.

The report also says that these innovations will also introduce questions regarding privacy within various circles, including friends, family, and care-givers, and create new challenges to accommodate an evermore active and engaged population far past retirement.

Some of the technologies and developments impacting Elder Care are:

  • Intelligent shared transportation
  • Autonomous transportation
  • Smart devices to help with activities of daily living (ADLs)
  • In-home health monitoring
  • Personalized health applications and mobile apps
  • Hearing and Visual Assistive devices
  • Physical Assistive Devices
  • Home safety and emergency alert devices
  • Fall detection / alert devices
  • Real time alerts and insights for caregivers and care facilities

Carevium continues to integrate the technologies enabled by Artificial Intelligence. For instance, Carevium helps assisted living facilities, memory care communities, adult day care centers and home care agencies with intelligent real-time alerts and home health monitoring (with smart scales, pulse oximeters, glucose meters, blood pressure monitors, etc.) enhancing quality of care. Carevium is also integrating voice enabled assistants such as Amazon Alexa to the seniors and caregivers.

 

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