Baby boomers are retiring in droves. Only 23.6% of Americans age 65 and older remained in the workforce by the fourth quarter of 2016 according to reports from Bloomberg. But older Americans are not ready to just sit at home and pass time on the porch. People are staying active, engaging in new hobbies, traveling to wish list destinations and living life to the fullest.
Retirement lends people the freedom and time for activities and interests that was not possible while they were working, however, the reality is boomers bodies are aging. At 65 normal daily activities might be easy, but by their mid-70s many people start noticing problems with balance, arthritis, and a loss of strength. Tasks that used to be simple may seem more challenging and more accidents begin to occur. An active lifestyle can be hampered by the risk of falls and other health issues. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention one in four adults over age 65 falls each year. As people age they are also more likely to develop symptoms caused by diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and dementia.
The good news is, older Americans have no reason to limit their activities or to worry that they will not be able to enjoy retirement in the comfort and security of their own homes. New technologies are enabling people to live more fulfilled, healthier lives by keeping them in touch with loved ones and emergency medical response teams should an emergency occur. Many people are already familiar with fitness wearables that track their steps and caloric burn. But as the years go by, there is another technology to consider, mPERS (mobile personal emergency response system). [Read more…]