Wearable Health & Fitness Devices Can Help More Seniors & Caregivers
How am I doing managing my blood pressure? Did I get enough sleep last night? Was my physical activity today enough to burn my target number of calories? Those are just a few of the many questions people hope to answer through the use of wearable health and fitness devices.
Wearable health and fitness is one area of technology we see as a big part of the future, not just for our clients but also for caregivers. We don’t have to wait for the future to receive benefits from it, though, as there are a number of devices available today — primarily fitness devices — and many are already getting answers to some of their questions.
An activity tracker like a Fitbit is designed to monitor daily health-related activities such as exercise, eating, and sleeping. Read on for details on how your senior client can benefit from regular use of this device, not to mention yourself…
Chemical changes, shifts in habits, and psychological or emotional pain can cause disruptions to your client’s sleep cycles. A Fitbit allows him or her to set a personalised goal for hours of sleep based on optimal sleep duration. Each night the Fitbit can track the length and quality of sleep, and the device’s feedback can be used to address sleep deficiencies by adjusting other habits as needed.
It can have a negative impact on your client’s health if he or she loses track of snacks, forgets meals, or falls into unhealthy consumption habits. Fitbit can access nutritional information from barcodes, and users can also enter everything they eat and drink into an app that analyses nutrition information and compares it to the user’s nutrition goals.
A Fitbit allows us to set specific daily fitness goals, such as steps per day or calories burned. The device can keep track of physical movements and notify him or her if any adjustments in activity are needed to meet these goals.
If you and your client both use a Fitbit, it can become a fun, interactive point of interest between the two of you. You can help each other set goals, track progress, adjust habits, and you can reward each other when progress is made.