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Gesture Control Technology and Remote Patient Monitoring Helps Seniors Live Independently and Safely [VIDEO]

Today’s seniors want to maintain their independence — and their current living arrangements — for as long as possible. But as baby boomers begin to reach their golden years en masse, the number of potential family caregivers per senior citizen is rapidly declining, leaving many older Americans worried about what will happen when their physical and cognitive health reaches a point where they need around-the-clock supervision.

One possible solution is to combine wearables with remote patient monitoring technology.

Reemo’s gesture control technology uses Samsung smartwatches and SmartThings technology to let seniors operate lights, locks, thermostats and appliances with a flick of the wrist. Meanwhile, caregivers and healthcare providers can monitor seniors’ biometric data, activity levels and GPS locations to ensure that they stay safe and healthy.

According to Tom Stofac, CEO of retirement community Ohio Masonic Home, “The fundamental desire that we see in our community is the need to stay as independent as possible, as well as possible, and to age as respectfully as possible.” To help residents do so, Ohio Masonic is conducting a pilot program to let residents try the Reemo/Samsung solution.

Want to learn more about how gesture control technology and remote patient monitoring can help seniors age respectfully and safely? Watch this video produced by the Wall Street Journal to hear firsthand from Stofac, Ohio Masonic residents and other experts on aging. More on Samsung’s home healthcare solutions is available here.

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Taylor Mallory Holland

Taylor Mallory Holland is a professional writer with more than 11 years of experience writing about business, technology and healthcare for both media outlets and companies. Taylor is passionate about how mobile technology can reshape the healthcare industry, providing new ways for care providers to connect with patients and streamline workflows. She stays on top of emerging trends and regularly speaks with healthcare industry leaders about the challenges they face and how they innovate using mobile technology. Follow Taylor on Twitter: @TaylorMHoll

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