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Remote monitoring for the elderly is not a new idea, but getting technology to seniors on a large scale could address growing demand for devices and services that help older people age in place.

According to Healthcare Dive, more than 10,000 Americans are aging into Medicare every day. At the same time, nearly 90% of older Americans want to stay in their homes as long as possible and 80% expect to live the rest of their lives in their current residence, according to AARP.

Swelling in numbers of elderly has sparked a number of startups, as well as interest from larger tech companies. Technologies that promote aging in place include remote sensors, connected scales and blood pressure cuffs, apps for medication adherence, voice command technologies and telemedicine.

For example, MobiHelp makes the Anywhere Help Button, a mobile GPS emergency response system that allows users to call for help anywhere and anytime just by pressing a button. Another startup, Reemo, uses wearables and smart home technology to capture a person’s steps, heart rate, sleep patterns and other motions in real-time and relay the information to caregiver or provider through a dashboard.

Read the full story at Healthcare Dive.

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