New Technologies Shaping the Future of True Independent Senior Life

New Technologies Shaping the Future of True Independent Senior Life

time icon 5 min read update icon Sept. 16, 2019


It is an exciting era for retirees to enjoy their golden years. New technologies are shaping the future by enabling seniors to live truly independent lives. These technological advances do not just create an easier existence—they also keep seniors safe. Many seniors also enjoy learning about all the bells and whistles that such state-of-the-art items contain. 


The population of seniors is expected to explode in the next decade nationwide. Estimates predict that it will double in most locations as baby boomers continue to retire at a rapid rate. People are also living longer than ever before, with the average lifespan hovering around 81 years of age nationwide. Most seniors want to continue living an independent lifestyle for as long as their health will allow them. 

New technologies are shaping the future of true independent living for the elderly population. State-of-the-art digital tools are making life easier and safer. Aging in place is no longer a dream but a reality, due in a large part to such advances. Voice-assistive technology, emergency medical alert pendants, and medication reminders have all become available for independent senior life. 

How New Technology Enables Seniors to Live Independent Lives

Every day, new technologies are being developed that benefit retirees and enable them to continue aging in place. These technological advances are geared toward being easy to understand. Seniors can readily learn how to operate the devices with only a minimal effort. Nowadays, most seniors already own smartphones, iPods, computers, and tablets. They have spent the last couple of decades evolving with all the technological advances that their much younger counterparts have also mastered. Mastering such devices has made it even easier for most seniors to understand exactly how best to utilize the items that are now shaping their lives and allowing them to truly enjoy their retirement years in a safe fashion. 

  • Voice Assistive Technology:  Google Home and Amazon Alexa are just two of the voice assistive technology services that are revolutionizing modern life for all ages. Sensors are placed in every room of the house. The sensors are readily voice activated. A senior can ask to be placed in immediate contact with family members, request medical reminders, ask questions such as recipe ingredients, prompt the service to arm/disarm the home’s security system, turn on/off lights in various rooms, adjust the home’s climate control thermostat, and even act as a voice-activated remote control for the television system. The service is ideal for seniors who have become forgetful because they can ask for the time, day of the week, date, and other important reminders. Medical reminders can also be set using the service. Check-ins can also be scheduled where the service randomly asks if the senior is doing okay. If the senior fails to respond, then the service can notify family. 
  • Emergency Pendants: Medical alert services keep a senior safe by immediately dispatching lifesaving first responders if an emergency should occur. The senior wears a waterproof pendant with a button. If the senior should fall or experience some other health crisis, then they simply press the button on the pendant to be placed in immediate contact with a live operator. The highly trained operator will evaluate the situation and dispatch emergency medical technicians. Some medical alert pendants also feature fall detection or global positioning services (GPS). Medical alert pendants that feature GPS capabilities help first responders locate a senior if they should wander away from home and become lost or confused. 
  • Medical Reminders: Voice assistive technology can act as a medical reminder service, but there are also high-tech medication dispensers such as the e-pill Med-Time Station, which sounds an alarm when it is time to take medication. At a certain time, the service also dispenses the medication according to the machine’s programmed directions. A senior never has to worry about missing a scheduled medication dose or fumble trying to figure out which pills to take. Another available medical reminder service is Life Pod. Life Pod acts as a voice assistive technology device that not only reminds a senior of when and what kind of medications to take but can also be programmed to check in on a senior periodically throughout the day to make sure the senior is doing okay. If the senior does not respond to the service, then the service will contact help. 

There are a multitude of technologies available that make life easier and safer for seniors. More advances are being made daily. These innovative approaches are not only exciting but also useful. Technology today is more multifaceted than ever before. Systems are offering diverse services, so a senior can purchase numerous gadgets to remain safe. 

Kimberly Sharpe - Senior Advisor

Kimberly is senior researcher with Grandfolk® providing in-depth product and service reviews to empower senior buying decisions.