How AI Can Help Seniors When Living Alone

Written By: Elizabeth Kogut
Reviewed By: William Rivers
Published: November 2, 2021
Last updated: September 25, 2023

Seniors living alone need all the support and facilities they can get, from family and caregivers to a safe community and equipment designed for their specific needs. Unfortunately, there is a growing number of the older population that fears growing old alone and an equal number of them that are living alone. Not everyone has family living with them, some seniors have hired caregivers, and some have to live alone- whatever the reasons. 

However, the good news is that technology has advanced to the point where it can go a long way in aiding and supporting seniors, especially those living alone. We discussed with a panel of experts the different ways Artificial Intelligence can help senior citizens. Here are the top utilities of AI for senior citizens, according to the experts;

According to Sam Campbell from reddiquette...

The inclusion of an artificial intelligence agent can provide many benefits to elderly people living alone by assisting them with routine tasks and helping encourage a healthy lifestyle.

For example, The AI can recognize what chores need to be done and when and how much assistance is required. After a preset time period, the AI can remind caregivers of their duties, and in case no one responds, it will call the designated emergency contact to alert them.

The AI can also remember routines common in any given household, such as taking medication or waking up at a certain time each day.

AI demonstrations have shown that such a smart system could help seniors with just about everything- from cooking dinner to reminders to take daily medications.

With such helpful features in place, seniors no longer have to worry about forgetting when the doctor’s appointment is or remembering medications taken every day; all they would need to do is hit a button on their phone or watch, and the AI would take care of the rest.

The concept is not a new one as it has been incorporated in devices such as Amazon Echo and Google Home, but now taking things a step further, these smart systems could be tailored-made for seniors.

Yana Trihub is the Chief Executive Officer at KeyUA and has worked as a UX Scientist for Medium and several big companies. According to Yana...

AI is often mistaken that it's purely robotic and has no emotions, but scientists are extensively updating the functions of these machines and altering them for human care services which include helping the elderly people in their daily life. Some robots also have sensors and the ability to know when it's time to call an emergency and can deliver help in no time in need. 

Although in the end, it's still a machine and can't replace a human touch. But if living alone, it's far better and helpful in taking the help of Artificial Intelligence.

Dr. Suneet Singh is an ER physician and medical director for CareHive. According to Dr. Suneet...

Seniors are more likely to have chronic conditions, more likely to take many medicines, and more likely to go to the doctor regularly. Seniors need to stay in touch with the doctor so that they can stay well. Yet, while in-person doctor visits are important, what about addressing questions in-between visits.

Imagine if AI was used to empower a team of clinicians that support seniors' doctors. So that in-between visits, if they have a question about their medicine, an ache or pain, or something else, they could call, text message, or email their doctor and get a response immediately. In the current system, nurses often take up to a day to respond to messages. 

This is the concept with CareHive Health, a health technology company that partners with medical groups and hospital systems to bring more wraparound care integrated with patients’ existing doctors. 

They allow seniors’ care teams to be more responsive. They allow seniors’ care teams to be proactive, setting up an outreach system to call, email, or text message: “How are you feeling today” or other prompts. They improve outcomes and lower costs. 

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According to a study, which many of us have not heard of, one in four senior citizens in the UK is worried about being lonely. This is a very serious issue, but thankfully, the same study has shown that AI can help them to overcome this problem. In fact, a UK startup is currently working on a smart mirror that can help lonely seniors find company. The mirror is equipped with a camera and a speaker that allows the elderly to see and talk to other people. 

Moreover, the mirror can also connect with the home’s smart devices, such as the smart TV and the smart thermostat. The smart mirror can be used to check up on the health of a senior citizen, as well as monitor the home’s environment. In addition, the smart mirror can also be used to connect with a doctor and monitor their health progress. 

In addition to the smart mirror, the startup is also working on a smart calendar that can remind seniors of when to take their medicine or when they need to visit the doctor. It’s incredible how AI can help seniors in so many ways.

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Elizabeth Kogut works as the editorial head of Senior Strong. Armed with her degree in Nursing from the University of Missouri, Elizabeth ensures that all the site’s content is relevant to seniors today. 
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