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How Artificial Intelligence is Revolutionizing Elderly Healthcare

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Posted on May 27th, 2019 by Guest Blogger

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Technology is developing fast and is disrupting the healthcare industry. Patients can get treated much more efficiently through implementing the latest technological advances. This can range from telemedicine for monitoring patients with Parkinson’s disease to using Artificial Intelligence to improve elderly care. 

So, with that in mind, this particular post will examine how Artificial Intelligence is revolutionizing elderly healthcare.

Home Monitoring

Artificial Intelligence can be effective in assisting senior citizens in many ways. While wearable tech is most closely associated with the fitness industry, it can also help to monitor elderly patients. Apple and Fitbit have created trackers that automatically detect irregularities in a person’s biometric data and are able to send out alerts if a hard fall is detected. This means that those who are homebound and don’t receive many visitors are at less risk.

Predictive Diagnosis

Senior citizens are much more likely to get sick, and Artificial Intelligence can help diagnose diseases much earlier. In the UK, researchers from the University of Surrey developed an algorithm that can diagnose a urinary tract infection. This is especially useful if the patient has a condition like dementia and is unable to recognize the symptoms themselves. Other conditions that Artificial Intelligence will be able to track include heart conditions and cardiovascular risks. By being able to get treated for an illness early, the chances of a full recovery are much higher. 

Reduce Loneliness 

Personalized care is truly where Artificial Intelligence excels. Startups have developed personalized virtual companions that tailor fit conversations to the user. Applications of this technology like Mabu can get responses from elderly patients while keeping the conversation rolling. Additionally, Zdnet report that Accenture Interactive and Stockholm Exergi are working on an Artificial Intelligence-powered robot companion called Memory Lane which records the users’ oral history by engaging in continuous, intelligent, and tailored chats. It is for this reason that Artificial Intelligence-powered chatbots and voice enabled technologies are increasingly popular in elderly care. 

Growing Senior Citizen Population 

The above developments are needed right now as U.S citizens that are 65 years or older make up 14.5% of the population. In fact by 2035, The New American reveals that the number of citizens over 65 will be greater than those under 18. This means that senior care is one of the most in-demand areas in healthcare and this is putting a strain on the healthcare industry as a whole. Statistics put forward by Maryville University on the future of healthcare predict that by 2025 the U.S. will be short of at least 100,000 family doctors. It is not hard to see how the elderly will be the age demographic hit the hardest, as they will find it harder to travel and find the treatment they need. Luckily, the development of Artificial Intelligence for elderly care can solve many of these issues. The only question remains: can Artificial Intelligence develop fast enough to deal with the increasing population?

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