Over 8.5 percent of population worldwide—that’s 617 million people—are 65 years of age or above. This percentage is projected to jump to nearly 17 percent of the world’s population by 2050 (1.6 billion).
Numerous startups—as well as bigger players—are focusing on this rapidly growing demographic with products and solutions that combine the best of engineering, science, and healthcare/treatment. The following are the top 11 tech innovations from around the world designed especially for older people.
Easyphone is specially designed for older people in India that allows them to be independent safely. Thoughtful features include easy-to-dial keys, a large display, enhanced audio, and photo contact-assisted calling, among others.
Founded in Spain, ParaPUPAS is a comprehensive platform that offers free advice on products and services for older people—as well as information regarding grants and subsidies, medical, orthopedic, and legal advice.
Washington, D.C.-based Luvozo develops solutions for senior living communities aimed at improving resident satisfaction and care. Its robot named Sam is designed to roam senior living communities, helping patients with non-medical tasks and participating in activities.
Mexico-based SOHIN currently serves over 3,000 patients with chronic diseases such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes through its innovative concierge service. The service includes a personal guide that accompanies the patient throughout treatment (at home/hospital and via telephone). The platform records and analyzes clinical information, diagnostics, and patient interactions for making improvements.
Venezuela’s Tu Cuidador Express is a tool that allows users to quickly find a medical care provider or home support caregiver. Winner of the very first Wayra Startup Valencia Weekend, the service maintains a high quality network of professionals through background/reference checks and detailed provider profiles.
Lifecare/Astralink is the creator of the Smart Elderly Monitoring and Alert System (SEMAS)—a smart monitoring system for older people. The solution is currently in trial use by Singapore’s Housing and Development Board.
Winner of the 2016’s Aging 2.0 Global Startup Search, Kwido’s platform and tablet are designed with older people in mind. Easy videoconferencing, health advice and monitoring, and a plethora of leisure and health apps are just a few of its solutions features.
Hometeam is a New York-based startup that has built a platform that provides in-home care to seniors. The company publicly launched in July 2015 after operating in stealth mode for two years.
India-based Beautiful Years is a social platform, information portal, and comprehensive online store for care products targeted at older people.
This startup from Spain has developed an advanced telecare platform that enables older people to live more independently and safely. Unlike competing solutions, Sensovida’s IoT and big data solution functions passively and unobtrusively using Blutooth beacon technologies and comes as an inexpensive, easy-to-install kit.
HomeHero is a platform and app for finding and managing home care for older people. The app offers caregiver matching, video interviews, real-time access to daily GPS check-ins, audio messages, shift verification, photos, videos, and more.
These 11 tech ventures are just a handful out of many startups worldwide building products and services aimed at making the best years of our lives even better. Aging may be inevitable, but—with the help of today and tomorrow’s innovations—no longer stands in the way of living an exciting, beautiful life.