If Neil Resnick's predictions pan out, technological advances could stem future demand for nursing homes. At least that is his hope, given that improved mobility, independence and ability to remain safely at home improve long-term happiness and even life span for the aged.
All of which suggests that aging baby boomers someday will live like the Jetsons, with technology keeping track of their health and providing ready assistance in everyday life, including helping them to drive and shop.
Resnick, chief of the University of Pittsburgh's Division of Geriatrics and director of its Institute on Aging, outlined technological ideas, many in the works in his own departments, to allow older people to stay home longer without risking their health and safety.
In time, Resnick said, few aspects of life will go unaffected by robotics, sensors, computers and other technological devices that will make life simpler for the infirm and elderly.
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