Seniors make up a growing portion of the population in the U.S., and many express a desire to stay in their homes as they get older.
Technology can help them thrive as they age, said panelists at CES 2023 on Thursday. But the digital health market needs to consider accessibility and usability to ensure those devices can make a difference.
“Seniors are more mobile, they’re more active in their lives. So mobile PERS [personal emergency response systems] versus just a panic button at home becomes really essential,” said Yaniv Amir, president of Essence USA, which offers security and remote care technology. “The other trend, like any other age group, is wearables. So you can see people are looking for wearables that can give them wellness with the panic button solutions.”
But devices like the Apple Watch or Fitbit trackers aren’t just targeted toward seniors, and that’s an important distinction, said