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AI + Seniors: 3 Surprising Ways You’re Already Using It

AI and Seniors 3 ways you're already using it
Senior woman smiling happily while using smart devices in her kitchen. Cheerful elderly woman using a home assistant to perform tasks at home.

By Michele D. Baker 

Whether it is personalizing medical care, lessening social isolation, or helping with daily life, there are many ways which artificial intelligence (AI) is being used to improve the lives of older adults. In fact, you’re probably already using AI and didn’t know it! 

AI + Medical Care 

Medical and healthcare can be one of an older adult’s most important and challenging aspects of daily life. Regular in-person visits with medical professionals can be inconvenient and stressful, especially for those who need to arrange travel or make physical accommodations. But you probably already own a smartwatch that tracks your blood pressure, heart rate, and even exercise. These kinds of “wearables” employ AI remote technologies and allow healthcare providers to monitor and track the biodata of their patients without needing to see them in person. 

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AI + Social Contact 

According to Forbes.com, “social isolation is another common challenge faced by seniors, especially those living alone or in care facilities. Artificial intelligence can provide much-needed support with these challenges as well. Companionship can be provided in the form of virtual assistants, chatbots, or even robots, and these companions can engage in conversations, play games or provide information, helping to alleviate feelings of loneliness and boredom.” AI tools such as Amicus Brain’s caregiver app can also offer personalized recommendations and strategies to improve the quality of life of someone living with a challenging condition such as Alzheimer’s. 

AI + Daily Life 

AI-enabled technology allows older adults to help them maintain independence. A simple AI-based tool like the Amazon Echo (with its AI called “Alexa”) or Google Assistant (“OK, Google…”) can turn the lights on or off, remind you to take your meds and specified times, create a grocery list, play your preferred music, or even call the paramedics if you fall. 

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These “smart home” systems use AI to help seniors feel safer at home with emergency monitoring technology in place. Some home systems leverage wearables and use AI to detect abnormalities, such as a fall, and can then alert caregivers and emergency services accordingly. Again, according to Forbes.com, “newer AI home systems are moving beyond the need for wearables, using wireless transmitters to send waveforms through a long-term care room or home to an AI engine that deciphers waves for monitoring purposes.” 

The lives of both aging adults and their caregivers can be difficult. But AI products provide solutions and valuable support. As aging populations continue to grow, the integration of AI in senior care offers unparalleled opportunities and can play a vital role in promoting well-being and improving the quality of life for seniors. 

P.S. Do you like this month’s Lifestyles After 50 cover? It was generated with AI technology using this instruction phrase: “35 year old man and his 75 year old father on a Florida beach at sunset with palm trees in the background.”