Select Page

Safe or silly - Is most new technology for older-adults missing the mark?

January 19, 2018  · 2 min read

Cutting edge technology and getting the newest product to stores for an always hungry audience is all part of life in the very busy 21st Century.


And while new innovations have brought us iPads, smartphones and personal assistants like Alexa from Amazon – there have also been more laughable inventions like the Microsoft SPOT, Google Glasses and even Miracle Socks


For every person, there’s a product and a company looking to sell it to them. As demographics shift towards an increasingly older population - many of whom still want to live independently - more and more companies are offering gadgets that promise the safety and well being of their users.


ActiveProtective is a recent addition to this market, offering inflatable hip guards for the low, low price of $800. The company promises that the device will magically inflate and reduce the impact of any fall by 95 percent. But that's not all, there's also intuitive necklaces, bracelets, wearable watches, and shoes all with the bold promise to provide aid and assure potentially vulnerable older people and their loved ones that they’ll both safe and independent.


Unfortunately, there’s little to no proof of how effective most of these products are. Even worse – there are more and more popping up every day, often accompanied by heavy handed, jargon based pseudo-science. Not to mention even those that seem like a good idea in theory often seem to disregard how the device might seamlessly integrate into the user's life, instead of drawing attention to themselves.


What should older people and their families know about this new range of technology, and how can savvy consumers avoid spending money on bogus products that claim to do more than they are actually capable of?


That’s where the International Federation on Ageing can help. Our Expert Centre has several experts who can speak to this growing trend and explain how older adults and their families can better choose what new technologies and products are best and which should be avoided. Simply click on one of their icons to arrange an interview.


Source:


Featured Experts:
Other Experts:
  • a

    Dra. Verónica Carrión Falcón

    Vaccination
    Vaccination Strategies
    Vaccinations
    Epidemiology
  • a

    Prof. Suzanne Martin

    New and Emerging Technologies in Health and Social Care
    Disabilities
    Human Computer Interaction
    Occupational Healthcare
    Community Care Policy and Practice
    Electronic Assistive Technologies
    Ageing in Place
    Supported Housing Options
  • a

    Dr. Stefania Maggi

    Coronavirus
    Research
    Disease Prevention
    Clinical Geriatrics
    Epidemiology of Aging
    Education
    COVID-19
  • a

    Prof. Denise Eldemire-Shearer

    Education and Training
    Active Ageing
    Lifelong Learning
    Ageing in Place
    Frailty
    Public Policy
  • a

    Ms. Rute Horta

    Vaccination
    Immunization
    Pharmaceuticals
    Pharmacy Services
    Diabetes
View More

Safe or silly - Is most new technology for older-adults missing the mark?

January 19, 2018  · 2 min read

Cutting edge technology and getting the newest product to stores for an always hungry audience is all part of life in the very busy 21st Century.


And while new innovations have brought us iPads, smartphones and personal assistants like Alexa from Amazon – there have also been more laughable inventions like the Microsoft SPOT, Google Glasses and even Miracle Socks


For every person, there’s a product and a company looking to sell it to them. As demographics shift towards an increasingly older population - many of whom still want to live independently - more and more companies are offering gadgets that promise the safety and well being of their users.


ActiveProtective is a recent addition to this market, offering inflatable hip guards for the low, low price of $800. The company promises that the device will magically inflate and reduce the impact of any fall by 95 percent. But that's not all, there's also intuitive necklaces, bracelets, wearable watches, and shoes all with the bold promise to provide aid and assure potentially vulnerable older people and their loved ones that they’ll both safe and independent.


Unfortunately, there’s little to no proof of how effective most of these products are. Even worse – there are more and more popping up every day, often accompanied by heavy handed, jargon based pseudo-science. Not to mention even those that seem like a good idea in theory often seem to disregard how the device might seamlessly integrate into the user's life, instead of drawing attention to themselves.


What should older people and their families know about this new range of technology, and how can savvy consumers avoid spending money on bogus products that claim to do more than they are actually capable of?


That’s where the International Federation on Ageing can help. Our Expert Centre has several experts who can speak to this growing trend and explain how older adults and their families can better choose what new technologies and products are best and which should be avoided. Simply click on one of their icons to arrange an interview.


Source:


Featured Experts:
Other Experts:
  • a

    Dr. Rory Fisher

    Frailty
    Public Policy
    Quality of Care
  • a

    Prof. Ariela Lowenstein

    Carers and Caregiving
    Intergenerational Family Relations
    Elder's Quality of Life
    Gerontological Education
    Policy Development
    Elder Abuse
  • a

    Rintaro Mori

    Global Health
    Health Policy
    Population Ageing
    Women's and Children's Health
    Sustainability
  • a

    Gaëtan Gavazzi, M.D., Ph.D.

    Medical School Teaching
    Infections in the Elderly
    Prevention of Infection in Nursing Homes
    Prevention of Cross Transmission of Infection
    Ageing Vaccine Research
    Frailty and Healthy Ageing
  • a

    Prof. Suzanne Garon

    Age-friendly Environments
    Social Work
    Lifelong Learning
    Gerontology Research
    Community Development
View More

Recent Articles

Share This