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Digital Technologies for the Elderly: Increasing Aging at Home – News

Digital Technologies for the Elderly: Increasing Aging at Home – News

Digital aids support the elderly. You can view an apartment in Zurich and get information.

“As humans we want to live at home as much as possible and die at home if possible” Andreas Dreyer, Head of Spitex and Social Services of the Retirement Apartments Foundation (SAW) of the City of Zurich. A trained nursing specialist strongly believes that this is possible with today’s technological aids.

Attention is falling. This should be avoided if possible as it often signals the beginning of the end. If someone still falls, that person needs to get help sooner – faster, fewer consequences.

No one feels old

SAW has set up a showroom in the north of Zurich to show interested parties that technological aids for the elderly are already available on the open market: a 2-room apartment for the elderly, with a view over the countryside. Bedroom. If you look closely, you’ll notice a remote control next to the bed and Amazon’s smart speaker “Alexa” on the bookshelf.

Fall, great danger


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The risk of falls increases with age. Decreased responsiveness, strength and sense of balance.

According to Pro Senectute, 88,000 people over the age of 65 fall in Switzerland every year.

Falls often lead to a hospital stay or a move to a nursing home. According to statistics from the Federal Office for Accident Prevention BfU, around 1,700 people die each year as a result of falls.

This intelligent speaker is the epitome of the SAW strategy. Many seniors don’t want to walk around with a regular emergency button around their neck because they feel they’re being “old”, says Andreas Dreyer. On the other hand, your granddaughter can also use the smart speaker.

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You can use the device to call for help in an emergency – but that’s not all: you can use a voice command to turn on the radio or lights. Andreas Drier recommends getting them used to such comfort technologies as early as possible when they are active, often hiking or traveling.

From digital light switches to alarms

The lamp plays an important role in preventing falls. You can turn on the light before you wake up with the remote control next to the bed at night. Sensors in the bedroom can detect when someone wakes up – and then turn on not only the light, but also the chain of lights leading to the front door of the bathroom. Extra help for those with orientation difficulties.

Digital assistants

In the bathroom, Andreas points out a sophisticated sensor mounted on the dryer ceiling. The device uses radar to detect and analyze movements. If someone falls, an alarm will sound.

Data everywhere

In the kitchen, Andreas Dreyer explains a technology that is completely invisible: the monitoring of electricity consumption. This data only shows if someone forgot to turn off the stove. You can recognize when the daily routine deviates from the norm, for example if someone does not have coffee by nine o’clock.

A microphone in a smart speaker awaits a command, data from various sensors – with this level of surveillance, privacy protection is a central issue that concerns many, says Andreas Dreyer.

It’s important to him that victims decide for themselves which help they want to use, and do so with one goal in mind: to live as long as possible within their own four walls and still feel safe.