Elderly Care in Charlotte NC
X-Ray vision. It’s commonly associated with the action superhero Superman, and while it’s also been recently linked with security measures, especially at airport screening stations, new technology is providing some hope for improved care for the elderly. Researchers at MIT have begun developing a system that can use wireless fidelity signals (commonly referred to as Wi-Fi, which most people tend to use as a means to connect to the Internet these days) to be able to see through walls.
What would be the purpose for something like this? There could be many, especially for seniors who may be at an increased risk for various health issues or physical challenges. One of the most notable possibilities with technology of this kind is that it could allow monitoring stations to keep track of elderly men and women in their own home without invading their privacy too much. Of course, these men and women would need to approve of this type of technology.
Keeping People Safer
For many seniors, aging comes complete with a host of new challenges, including mobility. When a person ages, they can begin losing strength, agility, and balance, which can increase the risk of falling, even during the most innocuous activities.
If an elderly individual falls at home and is unable to call for help, he or she may remain there are an extended length of time, unable to move. Relying on this new form of technology opens up new opportunities to improve safety and support for this aging population.
As noted in the Charlotte Observer article, X-ray vision? New technology makes it a reality for $300, Scott Eisen notes:
“The device displays the signal on a screen, where the person’s movements can be tracked in real time. It depicts the target as a red dot moving around the room, occupying a chair and speeding up or slowing down.
The wireless signals used to track a person’s motions also can measure the individual’s breathing and heart rate – and potentially identify the person based on the shape of his or her skeleton, said researcher Zach Kabelac.”
The possibilities associated with this technology is enormous and it’s set to open a new wave of technological advancements in the realm of elder care. For families worried about aging loved ones living at home alone and with a variety of health issues, this can offer them support while increasing the chances of those seniors remaining at home with a bit of extra care.
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