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How is a wearable beneficial?

Senior Wellness | Jul 29, 2015

Technology is invented and designed to improve the lives of its users. In the last 10 years alone, televisions have gone from large box sets to minimal flatscreens. Car manufacturers have improved their latest models by increasing fuel efficiency and exploring more electric-only vehicles. With everything that's being released, it may be difficult to wonder what the next big breakthrough will be.

Smartphones connect users like never before, as evidenced by people constantly looking down at a brightly illuminated screen. For some social commentators, smartphones have actually disconnected in-person interactions. Despite those viewpoints, these devices have cemented themselves as essential to everyday life to handle personal and professional matters.

However, one viable question to ask is: What's after the smartphone? The answer to that is murky, although there are some hints. In the tech world, companies believe users want their gadgets to become more personal. One way to do this is through a wearable, and while wearables are still in their infancy, real-world applications are being built that everyone will enjoy.

Exercise reminder
As one exits the workforce, they have extra time to do as they please. Some former professionals may choose to travel the world, or they may decide to spend a few months simply relaxing. One of their first purchases in either instance should be a wearable because it will remind them to get up and moving. For example, the Apple Watch sends wearers a vibration to remind them to move around if they've been sitting for too long.

Popular devices such as Fitbit and the Jawbone Activity Tracker will track every possible movement, from low impact exercises, number of steps taken and more. Daily reminders can help push wearers to personal goals they set. Some wearables will also track your sleeping patterns so you can gain an understanding why you may not be getting the best night's rest.

"Wearables are helping improve the lives of their users."

Apps for health
According to Silicon Angle, three applications for the Apple Watch may help improve the lives of the elderly. One app, Hello Heart, enables you to monitor and manage blood pressure from your wrist. According to the developers, this information will seamlessly integrate with the iPhone so you can always have the latest information available, such as medications and a list of doctors.

Medisafe is another powerful app that contains many features. The main appeal is the reminders it will send you to take medication. Elderly citizens are often prescribed medication for chronic conditions, and this app keeps track of dosages, schedules and more. You'll even be reminded when it's time to refill your prescription.

These devices, such as Fitbit, can also track the number of calories burned. This is a useful feature because it can be difficult remembering everything you've eaten. By monitoring this, you can adjust your diet accordingly.

Other benefits
In most ways, some wearables act as an extension of your existing smartphone. You'll receive notifications on your wrist, which you can quickly respond to or set aside for a later time. The main draw of a smartwatch is to get you to stop looking at the phone less than you normally would. After all, if you're on vacation or retired you should be enjoying the surroundings.

Wearables are still being developed to enrich the lives of users, and there's no telling what their potential is. Today's technology is interesting because most of the marketing is arguably toward younger audiences. However, don't let this discourage you from purchasing a wearable because you will find many benefits. From fitness tracking to keeping records of your health, wearables will enhance your life in many aspects.