New technology to keep an eye on the elderly

CHESHIRE, Conn. (WTNH)–If your elderly parents are sick and you’re not certain just how sick they really are, now you’ve got some help.

State of the art software now makes it easier for you to check things out and calm your fears, and it’s just a touch away.

Suzanne Litwin can’t visit her parents and check in on them as often as she would like.

“They are an hour away so its not like when you’re driving home from work and I can stop by and see them and ask if everything is okay,” Litwin said.

Family members like Suzanne worry about a lot of things.

“You are always concerned about their health.  You can’t tell what they are really like by the phone, but when you visually see somebody, you feel more secure,” she said.

To feel more secure, more and more families are turning to the latest technology available.

Touch screen computer software offers a face-to-face call-in feature.

“You’re going to see alot of this type of technology being in the elderly’s home, being with people with special needs especially,” said Mario D’Aquilla of Assisted Living Technologies.

Email can be done by audio.

“There’s no keyboard or mouse. So it eliminates any difficulties the person might have using their fingers,” D’Aquilla said.

The news, photos and calendar are now just a touch away.

That’s helpful for Suzanne’s dad, Bob Korten.

“Before when we used the computer we were very frustrated because he was having problems turning the computer on, getting online, getting messages,” Litwin said.

“It’s incredible. Pretty soon, we won’t need anybody. We’ll just push a button and they’ll all be taking care of us,” Korten said.

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