Osteoporosis is often called the "silent disease" because it is symptomless. People may not even realize they have osteoporosis until it has advanced to the point where their bones are so weak that a sudden strain, bump, or fall causes a hip to fracture or a vertebra to collapse. The estimated cost of osteoporosis and related fractures is now approximately 14 billion dollars annually.
Aging brings changes that may make your current home difficult to navigate or potentially unsafe. Enter technology—what is being called smart home technology is making it possible for people to stay in their own homes and remain independent longer than ever before.
The saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” isn’t true—It’s never too late to learn. “Learning across the entire lifespan is incredibly beneficial,” said Dr. Suzann M. Ogland-Hand, a clinical geropsychologist in Grand Rapids.