Terri Harvath has been watching the worries and complications that COVID-19 injects into families with older members. She is the director of the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, and she has a roadmap for family caregivers to navigate these pandemic times.
For Hugo Campus Jr., a UC Davis research-study partner, keeping his dad healthy, safe and at home are top priorities – as is managing his own inherited hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and diastolic dysfunction.
Aging gracefully with the use of assistive technology
Imagine an 85-year-old staying healthy through balance exercises with feedback from sensors built into a wristwatch that also connects with her family in case of a fall. Or a 60-year-old who ensures he's taking his cancer medications appropriately with a smartphone app that links to his clinician. Technology can help individuals achieve personal goals and stay in regular communication with their care teams.
Telemedicine uses technology to diagnose and treat illness remotely. For the aging, it can provide 24-hour care without a hospital stay and improve quality of life through more accessible treatment options.