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  • How do smart devices fit into seniors’ lives?
  • How do smart devices fit into seniors’ lives?
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How are seniors using tech to stay independent?

People become more physically and mentally vulnerable as they grow older – but they don’t want to be treated as such. How can technology be used to help make seniors’ lives easier and more sociable, enabling them to stay independent while bringing comfort to their relatives and carers?

Location North America / Northern Europe

Scope
Faced with longer lifespans, elderly people are hoping to keep their independence for as long as possible; one in five Americans will be aged 65 or over by 2030, and 20% of this group were still working in 2014 – the highest proportion since the early ‘60s (when Medicare was introduced). [1][2]

While 87% of over-65s would prefer to ‘age in place’ (i.e. remaining in their homes rather than moving to a care facility), there are a number of barriers – like accessibility to services and community – that can prevent this. [3] The ...

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