Aged Care for the Young At Heart

DSC_9973The Future of Aged Care is such a big topic, if for no other reason 1 in 4 of Australian’s are going to be in the Age Care demographic in the next 25 years.

Robots and stay at home technology is going to play a big part in this future and this week I took Clare Brady of Channel 7’s Today Tonight on a virtual tour of how this might look in a decade or two, these were her take-aways from our chat:

“Waiting in the wings are robots washing hair to replace human hairdressers; and for more independence in the home, elderly people will soon have robots that remember faces, where you put your glasses and how you like your tea.

Futurist Morris Miselowski is convinced the sorts of inventions seen in Hollywood films like ‘Robot and Frank’ aren’t the stuff of fantasy. He says seniors’ mornings will never be the same again when homes come equipped with elite sensors.

“If it senses anything untoward – so if we normally get up at 9am but we’re not up yet – it will shake the pillow, rock the bed, draw the curtains to let in light. Then, if you don’t get up, it will phone somebody,” Miselowski said.

“When you’re in the bathroom it will monitor your vital signs, take sugar tests out of your urine, breath test you, and in the mirror it will check your complexion. it’s quite incredible (and it’ll happen) in the next ten to fifteen years.”

It’s a real challenge as in 40 years one in four Australians will need some form of care and will be living, on average, well beyond 100.”

Watch this segment now:

Eye on the Future - Dec 14, 2012 | Aged Care, All, Gadgets, Health, Horizon Trends, Innovation, People, Robots, Social, Technology, Television, Wearable Technology, Work
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