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Staying Healthy As We Age: There’s an App for That

Part of living longer, better lives includes being able to better manage our health. Personalized technology is making that much easier to do.


As we grow older, staying healthy is one of the most critical components of remaining independent and continuing to live in our own homes. In fact, 90% of Americans say they intend to do that.1 However most will find themselves having to manage multiple chronic conditions by the time they reach retirement age. Not surprisingly, the older we get, the more difficult that management process can become.

Managing health issues not only impacts actual retirees, it can also create stress and worry for those who care about them. Whether family members live nearby and are able to serve as caregivers or they live several miles away, the health and safety of their aging loved ones is often a concern. Thankfully, technology is alleviating some of the burden of this management and monitoring process.

As with so many facets of our daily lives now, there’s an app to promote and support our well-being at every stage of life. For example, MedCoach is an app that provides medication reminders and will connect to the pharmacy when it’s time to refill prescriptions. Then there’s Medisafe, which can track medications and vitals such as blood pressure and glucose levels. It then sends this info straight to a doctor.

 

There’s a Gadget for That, Too

Health isn’t just about preventing illnesses as we age. Safety can also be a concern. You might be surprised to learn that falls are actually the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. They threaten to take away their independence at the very least.2 Emergency call buttons are nothing new. However, now they're getting even smarter. Phillips Lifeline Solutions, for example, provides pendants and wristbands with the 24-hour call access. They also have built-in fall detection that's designed to help people connect with help—quickly.

Silver Mother is another monitoring system. Smart sensors allows others to receive alerts through an app or text message notifying them of any changes in habit. The sensors can track things such as timely and measured consumption of important medication, which is critical, given that medication errors are the No. 1 cause of hospitalizations in people over age 75.* It can also track the opening of the front door to alert the receiver of a loved one's comings and goings. Even better, usage is free for a lifetime.

 

Introduce Clients to Well-being Through Technology

 

The weight of worry about a loved one's safety and well-being can be heavy. Aging family members don't want to feel like a burden. These are just a few examples of the many ways technology can help both your aging clients and their families have a sense of relief and peace. You can introduce them to some of the apps and devices we mentioned here. Contact your Hartford Funds advisor consultant for help hosting an educational event on this topic.

For a more in-depth list of helpful apps and devices, or to learn other ways you can use technology to help clients, check out our “5 Ways Technology Will Change How Your Clients Age” resource page.

 

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New devices and services can help us live more satisfying longer lives.


 

Next Steps:

  1. Visit the “5 Ways Technology Will Change How Your Clients Age” landing page to learn more.
  2. To bring these tools to life for your clients and prospects, order a meal from Blue Apron for three clients.
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*10 Essential Tech Tools for Older Adults, money.usnews.com, 11/16/15. Most recent data available used.

1AARP PPI, “What is Livable? Community Preferences of Older Adults,” 04/14, www.aarp.org. Most recent data available used.

2Falls Prevention Facts, ncoa.org, retrieved 4/17

Hartford Funds may or may not be invested in the companies referenced herein; however, no particular endorsement of any product or service is being made.

The MIT AgeLab is not an affiliate or subsidiary of Hartford Funds.

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