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The holiday season is just around the corner and everyone, except diehard procrastinators, is either well into gift buying or at least gearing up for Black Friday this week. I suspect more than a few have some sort of mHealth wearable product on the gift list and for most it's been a matter of deciphering what smartband, smartwatch or fitness wearable the exercise guru or health-conscious family member would love to get this year.
In my case however, it's a matter of finding a device made for the older generation--a 93-year-old, to be specific, who doesn't own a smartphone, has never worked a computer and whose age makes small electronics, with all their tiny buttons and sensitive touch capabilities, quite a formidable challenge. Especially including that he's a World War II veteran who lost his right hand during the Normandy invasion after returning to the front lines following a gun shot to the chest.
It struck me, as I check out the dozens of options online and offline, that the mHealth technology revolution may be leaving out, or even simply ignoring, a very large consumer base: the elderly. Read more...
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