65 – High Time to Befriend an Activity Tracker?
The Internet of Things (IoT) era brings us all to a pretty new age; and the change does not necessarily affects only younger generations. In fact, seniors find themselves in the situation of necessity to face technological progress and deal with it – or be left behind.
A great number of people around the age of 65 now start to realize that despite the complexity of all the new notions technology provides them with the chance of benefit – and perhaps, even on a larger scale than any other generation.
At the present moment there are about 41 million people aged 65 and above (it is actually 13% of all population, and it’s quite a lot). In fact, till 2050 these people will constitute about 1/5 of all population of the states and it’s really high time for many tech-related companies to turn more senior -friendly; and many of them actually do.
The thing is that in the course of some next thirty years definite generational shift is predicted in the U.S. and the reason is that so-called Baby Boomers generation is growing older. This specific category of Americans have been discussed a lot recently, and so has been the fact of them being more vulnerable as well as worst effected by all economic changes that have taken place.
Although Baby Boomers are late and slow in getting into terms with latest technological trends, they are, however, closing a gap at their pace and one of the sector they are getting more and more interested in is various health-related devices. Recent analyses show that health and fitness software, devices and gadgets steadily gain popularity among those who are 65+.
Research show that modern devices to not frighten seniors to the extent they are believed to. In accordance with the data of Accenture about 17% of all Americans older than 65 use some sort of wearable health or fitness devices.
The number of people who find gadgets for blood pressure, sugar, temperature and heart rate measurement pretty useful and are willing to use them; 48% are at least willing to give them a try.
Such findings definitely serve as a basis for many companies to make alternations in their manufacturing processes as well as define new and potential target group for their products. At the present moment many companies are engaged in the process of development of health and fitness devices for seniors.
And it is wise, taking into consideration that by 2030 we are expecting about ten thousand 65+ Americans who are willing to live healthy and stay fit. Most manufacturers see it now as a necessity to provide at least one option of activity tracker (be it sport/fitness or health one) that would suit not only youngsters but people of different ages, seniors included.
In accordance with the data of IHS the revenue from the production of wearable wellness and activity tracker devices is likely to double by 2020 with regards to what we have now. The explanation for such predictions is pretty easy, most seniors are very much concerned with their health; and they are also trying to come into terms with all latest technologies to improve their heath state, and they succeed; though, no one actually expected them to learn so fast.
In the nearest future all the Internet of Things related issues will refer to seniors no less than to youngsters with smartphones, tablets and all technology-related devices being a part of retirement as long walks and cooking classes now.
At the present moment there is a great number of technology-related options for home care to try. One of the list is the product by Lively – a safety watch, activity tracker and a stylish device to wear.
With its ability to detect falls and send various notifications and reminders to a call-center. In fact, it is pretty much the same thing as various medical alert systems for seniors, and a smart watch; or a combination of both.
In the light of the nation’s aging perspective such devices will multiply in numbers, and, as a consequence, are likely to become available (and more affordable) for more people.