Technology Aimed at Improving Quality of Life for Seniors
Americans are living longer, which is great. However, a rather large group of Americans, the Baby Boomers, are about to face ‘quality of care’ challenges. As such, the President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology (PCAST) has drafted a report that offers 12 recommendations that can support seniors and the millions of Baby Boomers as they age.
As suggested in “White House Prescribes 12 Tech Remedies for Aging Baby Boomers,” posted by Jason Shueh on GovTech.com, the baby boomer generation is aging well and staying more active longer. The 2014 census data suggests that approximately 46 million citizens, 15% of the population, are over the age of 65. By 2024, 8.2% of the labor force will be seniors, according to the Labor Department, compared to 3.4 percent in 2004.
Government’s Role in Quality of Life for Seniors
To improve the quality of life in these later years, as well as improve independence, the PCAST has recommended wearable sensors, cognitive training apps, and financial assistance for costly mobile solutions, such as electric wheelchairs. However, internet availability tops the list as one of the most essential technology options. The internet can keep seniors connected with their doctors, caregivers, and family. It can also improve the interoperability between the various government agencies that may play a large role in the quality of life for baby boomer citizens.
There are a number of other federal, state, and local public offices that can play a role in supporting the independence of seniors.
- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services can improve the availability of telehealth and the cost-savings that it can provide seniors.
- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development can improve regulations making homes and public places more accessible to seniors with mobility challenges.
- The Consumer Product Safety Commission can work with AARP to design guidelines for senior-friendly packaging for retail products, food, and medicines.
Each of these agencies can improve collaboration and communication by connecting themselves with modern business management solutions.
Modern Technology Solutions for the Public Sector
Modern technology is improving the lives of people of all ages, including the services and way of life for seniors. Contact AKA Enterprise Solutions for guidance with deploying the technology that your public office needs to improve the quality of life for aging baby boomers, as well as the rest of the citizens that you serve.