BoomerCafé is for baby boomers with active lifestyles, and that will never change. But there’s no denying, from time to time, some of us need a little help. Dr. Alexis Abramson is an industry expert for baby boomers, and offers some “technology must-haves” for baby boomers to stay as active as we are.
The marketplace for technology for baby boomers is expected to grow sharply from $2 billion today to more than $20 billion by 2020. I’m often asked about 50+ technology, so I thought I would share a few of the most frequently asked questions.
1. What products are available for baby boomers who forget to take their medications?
A ton of new products and services have recently been introduced to the market to not only prompt patients to take their medications on time but also in the correct dosages.
Walgreens Rx App – This pill reminder aims to help pharmacy customers track their medication schedules and receive alerts. The alerts can be scheduled nine different ways, including daily, hourly, weekly.
Vitality’s AT&T connected GlowCaps – These caps fit on standard prescription bottles and use light and sound reminders, which can be followed by a phone call or text message. Each time the pill bottle is opened adherence data is recorded and used to compile periodic progress.
The Philips Medication Dispenser – This is an electronic voice output medication reminder and dispenser. Medications are placed in a one-ounce plastic cup, loaded in the dispenser and administered as scheduled.
2. Is there any innovative technology available for folks who might need to reach help in the case of an emergency?
Here is one of my favorite examples of advanced technology in the lifestyle, communications and emergency monitoring space:
BeClose – The device tracks one’s daily routine via discreet wireless sensors that are placed around the home (as well as a wearable alert button).
3. What are some examples of a few additional products boomers should look to purchase that may make their lives easier?
Health, leisure and socialization are all areas that boomer technology companies are focused on – here are some more great tech gadgets for baby boomers!
Jawbone UP – UP is the app-powered wristband that inspires you to feel better and live healthier. The wristband measures activity, sleep and nutrition and downloads all the data collected to an app on your smartphone.
The IDEAL LIFE Body-Manager™ – This scale is designed for both weight-conscious individuals and patients with congestive heart failure (CHF). The IDEAL LIFE Body-Manager is a body weight scale that measures weight and automatically stores and sends the information to a user’s healthcare team.
Bionic™ Relief Grip Golf Gloves – These are the only gloves designed by a leading orthopedic hand specialist for enhanced comfort, fit, and performance. The anatomical pad system provides a more secure grip with less effort, to reduce pain and hand fatigue for those with arthritis.