AI for the Elderly
As the population of the elderly increases, the need for technology has been steadily progressing to assist those who need it. The basic categories that affect these people are healthcare and lifestyle. For healthcare, there are medical technologies that have been introduced to assist. These tools will most likely require the help of an elderly person’s children or caregiver, so there are some barriers to entry. Additionally, there will not be as many private care options, as explained by the “caregiving cliff”, but AI could offer a cheaper alternative to some of the technological issues that occur. For example, the 3506 project, Memory Lane is a product that is geared to those with memory loss, and specifically the elderly. Although these technologies may be difficult for the elderly to understand, it can bring families together and create stronger bonds and connections. A drawback of these applications is also the cost of the products. This can create a socioeconomic divide between those who can afford it and those who cannot. Do you think that the elderly will be able to overcome the AI learning curve? Will caregivers be replaced by AI in terms of technological advances? How do you think AI will advance in the future to aid the younger population?