Technology to Help the Elderly Live Independently

Moments after Janet Branish’s feet hit the floor in the morning, an email is sent to her daughter letting her know her mom, 74, is up for the day.

“She’s turned into an early riser,” said Pamela Seelman, who lives in Deerfield and works in Madison. “Every day she’s out of bed is a great day.”

While Branish lives in an independent living condo in Watertown, sensors throughout her home count the number of times she gets out of bed, flushes the toilet, opens the refrigerator, grabs a snack from a cabinet and goes out a door.

The technology, used throughout the Heritage Homes community where she lives, is administered by Healthsense Inc., a Minnesota-based company. Officials with Heritage Homes say the sensors monitor patients’ health while offering the elderly a way to live independently longer.

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“Sensors can help elderly to live independently, but some worry about the invasion of privacy” By: Gena Kittner
Wisconsin State Journal
July 23rd, 2012

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