Senior Living, Star-Trek Style

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Okay, maybe not exactly like Star Trek, but there are some cool developments for senior living. When your entire apartment is a medical monitor, can robust health be maintained?

One new live-in-laboratory in Texas examines this idea. It boasts amenities, like:

  • face recognition software (to analyze skin color and potential health issues)
  • keyless entry
  • sensors-studded floor (monitors the body 50 times a second)

Would you or your loved one live in a place like this?

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  1. Wow, that’s quite fascinating. Makes me wonder what the world will look like in 20 years. Ten even…

  2. The apartment you’re describing sounds extremely sci fi – I’d rather have a real person coming to check on me each day. There’s something about a real touch and a genuine smile from another human being to lift your spirits.

    • Jennifer J. Chow says

      Quite true, Julia. It’s nice to have a warm smile and a chat. Even interactions with animals lift up spirits.

  3. My mom would hate it and couldn’t hear any robotic instructions if any given (due to hearing loss). She needs a personal touch, as I’m sure many vision and hearing impaired people do.

    • Jennifer J. Chow says

      Thanks for chiming in, Mona. I wonder how the volunteer who’s offered to live in it for a trial period will feel.

  4. Although I love scifi and dystopian stories, I don’t think this kind of place would be for me. But who knows if I will have a choice when my time comes?

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