According to a recent Leader-Post article (with credit to Scott Larson of The StarPhoenix), Dr. Jenny Basran, head of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and an assistant professor at the U of S, says the biggest fear of older people is not dying, but loss of independence. Wow!
Dr. Basran and her colleagues in engineering and computer science are working on some technologies to better the lives of seniors and their caregivers, including:
- An Icare giver app that will give medication reminders electronically and also send a message to a caregiver, family member or medical centre if the medication is not taken in a certain amount of time.
- A Wander bracelet that could help patients with dementia.
- An Acute care mobility app that could track the number of steps taken every day in hospital, helping to increase mobility, which is turn speeds recovery and decreases length of stay.
- A database that could maintain a patient’s electronic records and move with a patient, delivering more efficient care through telehealth, remote monitoring, and linking up with specialists.
This is exciting stuff! I hope we see some of these new technologies come out soon. Read more about Dr. Basran’s work in the Leader-Post article.