Why and how technology is helping more people stay in their homes longer and age in place.
“；Technology is the new assisted living，”； says Lisa Cini.floral pillow cases
Cini， who has been designing assisted living facilities for some 25 years， is also the author of the forthcoming book， BOOM： The Baby Boomers Guide to Leveraging Technology， and founder of the retail website， Best Living Tech.
Through her firm， Mosaic Design Studioaccent pillow case baby floor， Cini’；s mission is to create comfortable and functional spaces for senior living， long-term care， and health care institutions across the country.
But Cini acknowledges that most people would much prefer to age in place—living in their own home.
Indeed， according to Laurie Orlov， founder of Aging In Place Technology Watch， 80 percent of older adults today do live in their own homes， with one-third of those 65 and over and more than 46 percent of those 75 and older living alone.
The desire for independence and the sense of well-being that comes from living in familiar surroundings are driving forces in wanting to age in place， but safety and security issues are significant causes for concern， both for older adults and their family members.
To allay those fears and meet the needs of seniors and their caregivers， investment in the mature market is increasing， especially in the field of technology. The recent Consumer Electronics Show， sponsored by the Consumer Technology Association， featured senior-friendly technology， including：
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Apps for caregivers can provide well-being updates， help manage care， and send alerts if the sensor picks up on changes in activity or eating patterns.
Innovation in senior-living technology is not stopping there. Research institutions like the MIT AgeLab and the Oregon Center for Aging &； Technology are challenging technology developers and entrepreneurs to develop solutions and products that will transform the landscape of senior care.
Home monitoring devices and software， for example， will be able to relay your vital signs to your doctor. Skype will no longer just be a convenient way to see the grandkids， but will connect patients to their health care professional， helping them avoid an expensive or inconvenient office visit.
“；Technology is giving us the confidence and security to remain in our homes as we age， which is what most of us want to do，”； says Cini.
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