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When high-tech serves the elderly

New technologies are providing their share of solutions to facilitate the daily life of dependent people, their relatives and the staff.

Sensors to detect an unusual walking pace, an application to avoid a trip to the emergency room, a voice assistant to centralize communications left on all types of messaging systems… The crisis seems to have accelerated the emergence of high-tech solutions to facilitate the management of old age. “Whether it’s for the elderly, caregivers or professionals, at home or in an institution, technology is opening up the field of possibilities,” says Vincent Augusto, director of the engineering and health center at the Ecole des Mines de Saint-Etienne.

And this teacher-researcher explains that “industrial engineering, artificial intelligence and data analysis can be used at all levels, to improve patient comfort and to absorb some of the workload of support staff.

Ki-Di, an intelligent and connected distributor

In addition to the diversity of fields of action, these innovations seem to be infinitely adaptable. “If the tool is well thought out, we now have all the means to make it evolve and to add new digital services,” believes François Fauritte, president of Kiwifab, a start-up founded in Lyon in 2018 that, after passing through the Pfizer hub, has set up its headquarters in the Paris region.

Specializing in making medication intake safer, the startup has developed Ki-Di, a smart, connected dispenser. “To avoid manual manufacturing, the pharmacist prepares bottles of capsules and tablets that are inserted into Ki-Di and dispensed at the right time, just like a Nespresso machine,” explains François Fauritte.

Collaborative interface and “escape game

Another example of a solution born out of technology, Odalink is a collaborative interface that brings together information from institutions, social landlords, hospitals, etc. “This allows relatives of a dependent person to access existing services near the home,” explains Christine Appelli, head of development at Odavie, the company behind this platform. Based in Magny-les-Hameaux, in the Yvelines region, this personal assistance company has also developed an “escape game” to raise awareness among seniors about the challenges of adapting their homes.

However, the lives of the elderly must also be organized outside the home. Thus, Picto Access, a publisher of digital solutions dedicated to the frail public, founded in Lille in 2015, has launched a solution to enhance accessibility data. “We want to make this information as visible as the address and opening hours,” says Justin Marquant, the president-founder, who has a small number of customers, or 7,000 sites (bank branches, company headquarters, swimming pools, cultural venues…), and has formed collaborations with Google and Facebook.

“The advantage of technology is to be able to disperse information wherever it is sought, to offer everyone the same simple path,” he says, adding, however, that “every technological innovation starts with an awareness, and therefore not a social innovation.

Toyota uses virtual reality to train robots for domestic tasks

On October 3, 2019, the Toyota Research Institute presented a way to train domestic robots using virtual reality. The trainer can thus visualize live and in 3D what the machine perceives to better teach it about household tasks. A necessary method because the disparity of the households prevents the creation of a single set of instructions.

Between 2000 and 2050, the proportion of the world’s population over 60 years of age will double from about 11% to 22%, according to estimates by the World Health Organization (WHO). For this reason, the Toyota Research Institute (TRI) is developing domestic robots that can do (almost) everything inside a home to help the elderly who have become dependent. A presentation video published on October 3, 2019, shows that the Japanese manufacturer is testing learning supervision using virtual reality.

At the prototype stage

The Toyota Research Institute is careful to point out that these machines are, for the time being, only prototypes and not products intended for commercialization. “We select tasks not to demonstrate our product concepts but to advance algorithm development,” the research institute prides itself on. However, it already imagines future applications outside the home, particularly in factories for repetitive tasks or even for logistics robots.

Modify the learning process

This learning process allows robots to be taught arbitrary tasks with a variety of distinct objects instead of predefined tasks with specific tools. Thus the machine can weave a link between what they see and the actions taught to them. This change of method makes it possible to make the robot more flexible when faced with a situation that is unknown to it. As a result, if he is facing a similar object but in a different scene, he will know which actions performed anyway. 

Home disparity as a barrier

Technically, it is challenging to train machines to operate in a home because each house is made unique by the layout and size of its rooms, the different storage units, the arrangement of dishes, the composition of its floor, among many things. In short, it is almost impossible to create a single set of instructions that would suit all households. To overcome this difficulty, engineers have devised a learning model using virtual reality. The technical details of this device have been compiled and published on the Cornell University (New York) website.

The idea is quite simple. Thanks to virtual reality headsets, the trainers put themselves in the robot’s shoes. They can thus see live and in 3D what the machine perceives thanks to sensors. This process facilitates movement direction and instructions. Teachers can annotate a scene to clarify things, such as how to grasp the handle of a refrigerator to open it.

Housing, furniture, IoT: innovation for seniors

The aging of the population is disrupting our modern societies. From pension schemes to the labor market, new seniors are forcing decision-makers to reinvent our social and economic model. But the devil is hiding in the details and other less exposed sectors are also experiencing these transformations. It is the case for architecture or design, which must adapt to the new requirements but above all to the unique needs of a generation of baby boomers who have become seniors.

Housing is a particularly crucial stumbling block for seniors. Indeed, poorly adapted, it becomes the territory of all dangers and forces older people to leave their homes early for a specialized institution. It is a significant cost for families and society, which can be avoided by adapting housing to the lifestyle of a senior. Constraints that traditional companies like startups are increasingly taking into account to solve the problem or develop new solutions.

Adapting to the needs of seniors

In recent years, evolving housing has spread. They allow its occupants to develop the layout of the space according to their needs. For seniors, it is a question of widening traffic areas, raising and securing sanitary facilities or optimizing storage areas so that they are easily accessible, without the occupants having to bend down, for example. Mobile walls and modular installations facilitate the transition from working life to a later age, sometimes marked by mobility or health problems.

The furniture, too, adapts. Chairs with armrests for stability, comfortable and optimized seats to rest the back, beds modified to avoid falls. Rail-mounted storage units are also valuable allies – in the kitchen, for example – as their height can vary to make them easily accessible. In the bathroom, small adjustments can prevent accidents and prolong home support, such as adding a support bar near the toilet or installing a non-slip floor mat in the shower.

IoT connected technologies as a new ally for seniors

These new modular habitats also use new technologies, which have also adapted to the aging of their users. The accommodation becomes a cocoon, both a secure place and a comfortable or even medicalized den thanks to various devices. Sensors can thus be placed in different places in the dwelling to be able to warn relatives or emergency services in the event of prolonged inactivity, suggesting a fall of the occupant. Video surveillance cameras or motion detectors are flourishing in the retail sector. Coupled with products such as emergency call medallions or connected watches that allow seniors in difficulty to notify their loved ones or emergency services quickly, these devices put connectivity at the service of seniors’ safety.

Before connecting, it is mainly a question of automating to limit the futile efforts to be made. Gates, garage doors and shutters can now be opened or closed remotely. The luminaires can also be remotely controlled or linked to motion sensors to facilitate the internal movement of older people. The same applies to heat, which can be programmed according to the living habits of the occupant of the dwelling not only to optimize the indoor temperature, and therefore its comfort, but also reduce its energy bill.

Technologies to secure the elderly person

Remote assistance

Teleassistance is generally offered for people living alone at home. It is a necklace or bracelet with an alarm button that transmits information to a receiver installed in the apartment. It allows you to contact a remote monitoring center in case of discomfort. However, this implies that the person does not lose consciousness and remains able to activate the alarm button

Home automation

In the apartment or house, the objective is to improve safety by limiting travel for people with mobility disabilities. The installation of electric roller shutters and all means of remote control of equipment in everyday use. However, for remote controls, it is preferable to use simplified remote controls more adapted to the vision and habits of the senior. There are automatic light regulators that allow the light intensity to adjust to the time of day and the season. This process prevents certain falls due to lack of lighting and stimulates sleep and wakefulness cycles. Heating programming is also easy to set up, with remote control by telephone if required.

Light paths

A light path can be created by distributing LEDs on the way used by the elderly at night. These small lights are switched on when the person gets out of bed. They automatically turn off when you go back to bed. This system can prevent falls during night-time movements.


They allow to detect a fast movement and therefore a fall. The sensor connected to a remote monitoring center will immediately give the alert. The center calls the person at home and if there is no answer calls the family or sends help. There are even more sophisticated sensors. When it detects a shock or movement, an alert is sent to the remote assistance center. They can also analyze the person’s movements (non-alarm, fall, no movement, etc.) and transmit them to a secure server. In the event of an abnormal situation, an alert is sent to the family.

Entrance door monitoring systems

They make it possible to check whether a person with significant cognitive problems, with a risk of getting lost on the street, leaves his or her home. For example, there is a door open/close detection system that sends a message by SMS to the chosen referent person.


This memory problem is particularly acute for people with cognitive issues that can lead to the risk of getting lost. There are two systems; the first is to use an application on a smartphone to track in real time the position of one user to the other. The problem is the loss or forgetting of the smartphone before going out. There are also wristband or watch systems with GPS that are more efficient but much more expensive (cost of purchasing the device and subscription).

Technologies to improve everyday life

Many small instruments can help in daily living such as the “intelligent” pill dispenser with alarm and opening in compartments according to the time of day, the simplified telephone with a minimum of keys and large size. We can also offer touch tablets adapted for seniors who are not used to computers.

A key corresponds to an action, often accompanied by a symbol. They allow the person to stay in touch with his or her family and friends at a distance and to exchange by viewing photos or videos, for example.

Social isolation of the elderly: How is technology helping

The so-called “elder orphans” elderly and isolated, generate new technological challenges, a thousand miles from the techno-incompatibility that is attributed to them. What if the virtual world finally allows us to come together?

New technology and the elderly: a paradox?

They’re old, and they live alone. Their childrens, whom are usually right in the middle of their working life, are on average 225 km from them. They prefer to live at home rather than at expensive medical institutions, which sign for them the end of a kind of autonomy. Nevertheless, there is a real awareness of the aging of our parents, while professional opportunities lead us further and further away from them.

The IoT, the connected objects, make it possible to tighten these relations that the kilometers can distend. Are connected objects and seniors incompatible? Apparently, yes. Two-thirds of people also think that the difficulty seniors have in using new communication technologies makes it more difficult to maintain a link. And yet, the constant evolution of technology intends to fight against the isolation of our seniors by reweaving the inter-generational bond.

Health connected: towards a mass market

A drug takes 10 to 20 years to be approved, but connected health technology has no time to wait: it has to prove it by experience, and it has to do it infallibly. The latest generation IoT is much more potent than it was five years ago: if the technology is improving so fast, it is because it has the right to make mistakes. When it comes to health or safety, it is not.

Thus, connected health is gradually transforming into a real public interest issue. In the middle of incubation, it appears as a practical solution to fighting against the isolation of the elderly and reassures the relatives. The first guarantee of its reliability will give the green light to a market promised to expand very actively, whose players are unanimous: as soon as widespread, connected health will switch to a mass market. A robust viral potential that is already rooted in public consciousness.

Between technophilia and technophobia

In the 90s, mobile was expensive and not very accessible. Today, everyone owns a smartphone. Connected health inevitably follows the same trend. Only one of his targets, the seniors, is not a technophile. She has lived with radio and TV: technology is therefore not part of her habits. One of the challenges of connected health today is to know how to talk about needs and not functions, and for that, it must adapt to an audience.

75% of health expenditure is concentrated over the last 15 years of life. In this case, connected health targets an elderly and isolated, technophobic population, but at the origin of a need to which digital is beginning to respond. Although this is relatively recent, it still suffers from a lack of notoriety, explanations, and credibility.

Without the telecom industry that evangelizes this practice, the IoT on health raises little awareness. It is too bad because it can embody a response to a double problem: our parents’ isolation and our distance during their loss of autonomy. As if, for once, technology paradoxically brought a little humanity into our bonds.

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New Technologies and senior citizens

Home automation is part of our daily lives. Always in progress, this set of techniques allowing automation improves our quality of life. Comfort, security or even energy, these new technologies offer a large number of services. Today, home automation also watches over seniors, to their highest satisfaction. And it’s far from over!

Technology to conquer seniors

browsing the web on a tabletHome automation has taken place in senior citizens’ homes. It accompanies them on a daily basis through the automation of their equipment. It thus promotes their autonomy. Because what a senior or a senior can no longer physically do, technology can now do.

Thanks to high tech solutions, housing adapts to its occupants. From stair climbing to fall detection, from watering the garden to closing the shutters, integrated home automation meets all the needs of seniors. The installation of these new technologies not only gives them more autonomy but also reassures them and their families.

Service residences are increasingly interested in technology. Les Senioriales residences, for example, consult seniors to better understand their needs regarding new technologies. They are looking for the best home automation solutions to integrate into their homes.

It is how new generation senior residences are born. Equipped for vulnerable but independent residents, they offer ergonomically optimized housing. Cabins to check its constants (voltage, sugar level, etc.) or switch that cuts or restore water and electricity just listening to the voice of the occupant, new technologies provide new and robust solutions.

Tomorrow’s technologies will go even further

Connected objects are of great interest to seniors. These objects, capable of collecting information and transmitting it via the Internet to software, are the technologies of tomorrow.

Watches, bracelets, glasses or even clothing, seniors over 55 perceive them, depending on their use, as a support that can promote their well-being:

  • Maintaining and monitoring their health
  • Security
  • Monitoring
  • Remote assistance
  • Mobility assistance

However, many seniors do not yet know the use and benefits of everyday connected objects, whatever their type of home.

The place of technology in the housing of new retirees

Although some seniors are not yet at the cutting edge of new technologies, they are not unanimous. As for lifestyle, 45% of them would consider wearing a connected bracelet! If the purchase price can be a deal breaker, they are fully aware that remote assistance will become widespread over the years.

For 67% of seniors, state-of-the-art technology in a senior residence would even be an essential criterion for their choice. The possibility of making a call to family and friends via video conference, easy access to the animation schedule and simplified photo sharing would be at the top of their list of expectations.


Home automation for the elderly: gerontechnology

Almost all seniors in the world want to age in their own homes and not in retirement homes. However, they are still rare to develop their habitat to remain autonomous. The development of home automation has been booming in recent years.

Home automation includes all electronics, information and telecommunications technologies used at home: connected objects, e-health, robotics, etc.. It makes it possible to intelligently ensure all safety, comfort, energy management and communication functions of a house: a way to simplify life when moving becomes difficult or when one lives alone.

Home automation adapted to seniors has a name: gerontechnology. It consists in creating technological environments for mobility, health and communication: mobile kitchens that adapt to the size or to a wheelchair, lighting that adapts to the sensitivity of the sight, radiators that anticipate the heat and cold, remote controls or applications to control remote devices, etc. 75.4% of the seniors questioned think that the connected objects will be relevant tools to ensure the maintenance at home of the elderly. More tips and tricks here!

Tools to simplify and secure everyday life

These new adapted technologies include important systems for controlling all electrical appliances in the home (attracting all age groups), but also small everyday objects such as intelligent pill dispensers. They allow you to schedule your medication week after week. When it is time for treatment, an alarm or flash is triggered. The pill box locks after every dose, impossible to cheat or forget.

55% of Americans and 62% of 55+ are willing to invest in home support. Security systems have been designed to enable elderly people living alone or with a partner to remain safely at home. These systems are not limited to the fight against burglaries, they also make it possible to collect information on the daily life of the equipped senior: sensors that detect movements and non-movements, falls, when a person does not wake up or suffers from sleep disorders, etc. All this data can be recorded in a logbook and can be monitored daily by relatives and caregivers.

For those of you unfamiliar with the topic, make sure you watch the following video on gerontechnology


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What to do when you’re bored as a senior

There’s no age to get bored. Everyone has the right to find a long time without a well-defined activity or occupation, even more so when you retire. So to give you some ideas of things to do, Panda has put together many original activities and occupations to do when you’re senior and bored.

Ideas for activities to do when you are senior

  • Improve your computer skills. It’s not complicated, and you will have access to the whole world, in many areas. Also, there are plenty of programs to discover, to write, on the photo, and above all, you will be able to communicate with your family and friends very quickly. A little tip to help you around here.
  • Starts a new musical instrument and practices every day.
  • Build a model ship or aircraft. It’s a quiet activity to do at home and will keep you busy for a while. Here are many models to make and build yourself.
  • Trim your nose and ear hairs; it’s messy.
  • Start a new sport. And yes, there is no age limit for games and it will keep you healthy.
  • Clean up your interior design. I know we like to keep all the trinkets for sentimental reasons, but make some room. You’ll be happy when it’s dusting, and it’ll keep your house airy. Use a balai vapeur if you need to steam clean the place and free it from bacterias!
  • Do a little cooking and make yourself a new dish. It’ll keep you busy for a little while, and you’ll eat well. For tips and recipe ideas it’s right here.
  • Take a tour of the public library to borrow books. If you don’t have inspiration, here are the best book sales of the moment!
  • Run your errands on Saturdays. Takes time in the week, during off-peak hours to be quieter.
  • Invite your neighbor or neighbor for tea. Chat and tell some amusing anecdotes.
  • Garden and take care of the flowers and plants in your garden to make it even more beautiful while keeping in shape!
  • Play many online games (Solitaire, coloring, puzzle, arrows, crosswords, sudoku)
  • Throw yourself into a beautiful puzzle, or a great embroidery. Once finished, you can display it in one of the rooms of your house.
  • Take dance lessons. Even if you already know how to dance, you will probably meet other people who are bored like you. Two or three is less boring.
  • Take advantage of your free time to go away for a few days and get out of your house. For example, you can visit family, old friends or even just visit the surroundings.


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How To Be Healthier And Stronger In Old Age

Being old is something to be proud of, considering the blessing and a lot that you have seen in the world.
In this article you will find tips on how to remain strong and stay health, it gives you advice on how to be more contented and happier in life. If you are looking for these, then you are in the right place read and learn how to be happy and healthier in life.

Never confine yourself to the age stereotype

Do you enjoy doing something? Then go out and let it be done. If you have health issues, find a way on how to go around them, but you still do things that matter to you. Make sure that you mingle with a different type of people, but don’t restrict yourself to an individual in your age bracket. Never assume that your life is done, look ahead, plan for your future.

Ensure that you socialize with younger people who may share the same interest as you this is an interesting way of keeping in balance and avoiding being socially neglected.

Eat healthier foods

Fast foods are the real deal in the world today, but if you want to be healthy and vigorous, then you should avoid all junk foods and start eating leafy vegetables and fruits daily. It will make you feel happier and more energetic to go about your daily activities. Replace all the unhealthy foods in your store with things like fruits and vegetables, but this doesn’t mean that you cannot treat yourself once in a while.

Ensure that you also avoid processed foods. Put the following in your diet: grapes, papaya, apples, and watermelons. These fruits enrich your immune system, improve your eye vision and skin clarity.


It doesn’t matter what type of exercise that you are undertaking; it may be a quick jog, cardiovascular exercise, dancing in the room or aerobics. Any of these exercises will do you lots of justice leaving you happy, active and boosting your immunity.
Exercising daily may be a hard task mainly, we don’t have all the time in the world unless you are a gym instructor or athlete, but you should try and create time for these exercises, and it will surely make a huge difference in your life

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Elders and Personal Computers

The Internet is becoming more and more widespread in our daily lives: a tool for communication, information, online shopping, online administration.

You also want to offer a senior, a computer, a Macintosh or a digital tablet to access the internet?

So follow our advice to guide you through this important step in choosing and purchasing material to learn the Internet as a senior and beginner!

retired people ordering products onlineTip: Do not please and treat yourself but think about the needs of the senior

Key ideas to keep in mind before buying to choose the most suitable support:

Begin by thinking carefully about the use that will be made of the equipment to choose a machine adapted to your needs: neither too powerful nor complex nor too limited.

Thinking medium / long term: what will be the possibilities of evolution of my support?

The user will progress, will his equipment always be adapted?

Ask yourself about the potential for personalization and adaptation of the support: depending on your future and current needs (e.g., vision disorder …) can you customize the appearance of the machine, are there any accessories compatible with the support?

Think collectively and strategically: what kind of support is most used in your surroundings? While there are many group lessons and help books for classical computers, this is less the case for specific mediums Seniors.

Elders also make us smile when they discover the use of a computer.

mammy struggling on her pcHere are a few fun facts that you might be able to relate to:

  • Of course, one must consider the fact that they spent the majority of their lives without using a Mac or a PC.
  • Which does not prevent us from laughing at some of their reactions with “the machine.”
  • What are seniors who use a computer recognized?
  • They respond to spam.
  • Anyone around them who can connect to a computer is considered an “expert.”
  • They believe that it is impossible to consult their emails when they are not at home.
  • After repeating for ten years “I do not need this Internet! If you want to join me, you just have to call me … “, they now spend hours in front of their screen.
  • If the cursor does not go where they want, the mouse will eat it all! Or the whole computer!
  • When they discover “humorous” images on the web, they become uncontrollable!
  • They print their “important” messages.
  • When a document is minimized at the bottom of the screen, they believe it has disappeared.
  • They panic when opening a pop-up believing it to be an invasion of any computer virus.

Find tips online to Operate and Clean a Macintosh here

Tips to clean a Windows PC here

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When high-tech serves the elderly

New technologies are providing their share of solutions to facilitate the daily life of dependent people, their relatives and the staff. Sensors to detect an unusual walking pace, an application...

Toyota uses virtual reality to train robots for domestic tasks

On October 3, 2019, the Toyota Research Institute presented a way to train domestic robots using virtual reality. The trainer can thus visualize live and in 3D what the machine...

Housing, furniture, IoT: innovation for seniors

The aging of the population is disrupting our modern societies. From pension schemes to the labor market, new seniors are forcing decision-makers to reinvent our social and economic model. But...