Internet of Things for Active Aging

The Internet of Things (IoT) includes many new digital health technologies, from apps to wearable devices to home sensors - devices that are expected to revolutionize healthcare in the near future. Elderly population are more prone to diseases such as bone diseases, dementia, diabetes, cataract collectively known as geriatric diseases. Living in good health condition will add to positive life implications among the elderly. The elderly age groups are usually at high risk of fall and will have acute falls or recurring falls within a year. Use of WD can help detect abnormal changes and thus aid prevention as well as help in rehabilitation of patients. Moreover, elderly age groups are more prone to myocardial infarctions, diabetes and other chronic disorders. Frequent visits to hospitals/ clinics maybe difficult due to cost and transportation issues especially for bedridden patients. Continuous monitoring of vital parameters could definitely prove to be beneficial to prevent emergency situations as well as during rehabilitation. These issues can be aided using the advancing technologies, thus helping to prolong lives, and promote healthy living among the elderly age groups.