Monitoring technologies have certainly evolved from the early days of the ‘granny cams’, hidden cameras used to watch activity in nursing homes, to sophisticated systems that use sensors to track movement and activity of individuals in their homes.

These systems are becoming more and more widespread, helping older adults remain in home longer and giving their children confidence through their ability to keep track of what Mom and Dad are doing.

There are some concerns about confidentiality and invasion of privacy, but as noted in the New York Times, once people understand the purpose and extent of the monitoring system, they become more willing to use them.

If you are interested in learning more about technological advances in ageing services, join us on the IAHSA/CAST US Technology Tour in October 2010.