Those who identify as part of the ‘Quantified Self’ movement use wearable technologies such as activity, heart and sleep monitors to track their bodies and health related habits. But the next generation of wearables is aimed at a different target market—caregivers and the people they care for. The 'sandwich generation’ (those who look after both their parents, and their kids) is always in search of ways to streamline responsibilities—a slew of new gadgets may answer their prayers.

There’s the Lively safety watch, an Apple Watch lookalike that alerts emergency services if its wearer needs help. There’s also Honor, a sort of closed-circuit monitoring system where caregivers can communicate with older adults through a live communication screen. Many of the manufacturers of these devices say the goal is to make it easier for seniors to live at home instead of in an institutional setting.

If you or your aging parent isn’t quite ready to shell out the bucks for a dedicated device, try one of many free or affordable monitoring apps, such as Caregiver’s Touch (available on the App Store for $4.99). Have you found any life-saving gadgets or programs? Share your finds in the comments.



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