93 percent of seniors plan to age in place, will use more health tech

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The technology boom in senior living is here to stay, and one new survey is measuring its impact in seniors’ lives as they age in place. Ninety-three percent of US adults plan to age in place, which increases the need for health-related technologies, according to a study from U.S. News & World Report’s 360 Reviews.

U.S. News surveyed 2,000 US adults 55 or older about aging in place, which means “to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly half (49%) of respondents who use assistive, health-related technology say general aging is their primary reason for adopting it, with additional reasons including impairments in mobility, hearing, vision and cognition, the research said

The top six devices that have made it easier to age in place are medical or health-related apps, service-related apps including food and grocery delivery, wearable health trackers, smart home technologies, hearing assistance-related devices and medical alert devices, according to the survey.

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