Chronic care — Digital tools and wearable technology (e.g., watches with sensors) can help in the care of chronic conditions by monitoring symptoms — both for your own benefit and to communicate with your doctor.
Telephone/video check-ins — Available in many communities, volunteers make daily calls to older adults who live alone to be sure they can answer the phone and are OK.
Video chatting, using Skype or a similar service, helps you connect with someone if you can’t be there in person.
But one of the most straightforward — and valuable — tech developments is the ability to email physicians with questions or symptom reports and receive a response.
Your health care practitioner must, of course, be willing to allow this and other innovations, like telemedicine.
Below is a brief overview of ways technology can assist caregiving families.