As baby boomers enter their retirement years and continue to age, there will be increased strain on the health care system in the decades to come. By 2030, there will be about 72 million people in the U.S. over the age of 65, and by 2050 there will be 108 million people aged 65 and older, and these numbers are expected to result in a growing shortage of health care workers and providers [source: Health Care Technology Association of America].
Fortunately, boomers are well positioned to benefit from new technologies that will make it easier in years to come for them to "age in place" and extend personal independence and remain in their own homes.
One home health care technology that will be increasingly useful for boomers is remote monitoring. This allows for up-to-the-minute medical information -- such as heart rate, blood-sugar levels and self-reported pain levels -- to be transmitted from an individual at home to off-site health workers. This saves time and money all around since fewer home-care visits will be needed. The use of special in-home cameras allows patients to directly interact with an on-call nurse, further reducing the need for medical appointments except when hands-on care is necessary. Motion sensors can be used in some cases to discretely monitor regular activity without compromising privacy [source: USA Today].
Boomers also benefit from computerized health tracking, which enables a never-before-seen doctor to quickly access a patient's files and catch up to speed on that patient's health history.
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