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Digital Health in the Last Quarter: Your Golden Years and How to Make them Count

May 25, 2018

“Look to the future, because that’s where you’ll spend the rest of your life.” — George Burns

The issue of senior care is likely one of your primary concerns if you are a senior citizen or someone approaching your golden years. Your quality of life may be at risk as you contend with independence, physical fitness, mental wellness and the cost of senior care.

Thankfully, recent innovations in remote monitoring and digital health technology are enhancing quality of life for seniors like never before. Smart garments equipped with biometric sensors can help keep track of your personal data with continuous readings of your body temperature, heart rate, hydration levels, breathing patterns, physical activity and body posture. These digitally enhanced textiles feature optimal comfort and usability, requiring no change in your normal routine. You simply get dressed, wearing them as you would traditional clothing and the integrated technology does the rest.  

This suite of features integrates Electrocardiogram (ECG) readings taken 24 hours a day, seven days a week to monitor your heart. One example of how the technology can be used in the future is in the instance of an arrhythmia. If an arrhythmia such as Atrial Fibrillation is detected and confirmed by a health care professional, a notification can be sent to the user to seek medical attention.

In accordance with standard patient confidentiality practices, this software keeps your information completely secure — so that only those you allow access can view such as your doctor or your loved ones.    

Live Independently

Many serious medical situations have a precursory set of symptoms that, if detected early, can prompt an appropriate response. This proactive approach to well-being is often referred to as virtual health. It is enabled by technology that monitors a subject’s vital signs and sends an alert to a remote receiver. If you value independence, you can maintain your way of life even in the event of a volatile state of health.

Smart garments that monitor your heart rate, breathing patterns and body temperature can inform a doctor or nearby loved one if you begin experiencing abnormal levels of one, two or all three. This way, a potentially serious condition can be managed in real-time rather than faced after the fact.  

Maintain Motivation

Utilizing digital health technology that places your well-being at the forefront can make it easier to engage in exercise. This is especially true if these tools are worn — acting as a consistent reminder to get up and get moving. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports a distinct relationship between inactivity and senior mortality — prompting cultures across the globe to integrate guidelines for physical activity with increasing age.

Smart garments allow you to track biometric factors such as heart rate, physical motion, body posture and hydration levels — all of which can be kept at healthy levels through exercise. Part of your daily routine can be to check these data before and after exercise, creating a highly accurate record of the arc of your long term health wherein you can clearly see the benefits of exercise.

Participate in Your Own Care

An effective way to manage the stress of advancing in age is to play an active role in your own senior care. This can be done through a digital health and wellness routine that focuses on your breathing patterns while you are both asleep and awake. Erratic breathing patterns and overall lack of deep breathing can indicate inherent anxiety that you may or may not be aware of — which can be affecting your overall mental state.

You can use biometrically sensitive textiles to gather a clear picture of your breathing patterns over a specific time frame. Lack of consistent deep breathing and its subsequent psychological benefits can be countered through specific breathing exercises. Digital health applications can then allow you to monitor your periods of deliberate respiration and how those sessions affect your mental well-being.

Reduce Your Overhead

The cost of senior care can be exorbitant. This can contribute to stress levels which can in turn affect your motivation to exercise and practice self-care. Remote monitoring enabled by digital health innovations can reduce some of these expenses, such as those associated with senior caregivers and transportation. Smart garments can keep track of your vital biometric data such as hydration levels, heart rate, depth of breathing and body temperature — eliminating them from a senior caregiver’s list of tasks. The fewer chores a paid attendant has, the less time you will have to pay them to be present for your needs. Similarly, transportation services can be linked to your digital health technology, allowing you to request a car service to your home at an instant’s notice.

SKIIN integrates smart textiles into functional garments that monitor your biometric data in real-time. These innovations in digital health and wellness are designed to illustrate your physical and mental health in real-time while connecting you to your body. Get in touch to discover how smart garments can simplify senior care and enhance the quality of life in your golden years.

This article is not intended to substitute for informed medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.