At time of writing, a third of the world’s population is living under some form of lockdown. In the United States, that ratio rises to three out of four people. Broad as those restrictions are, they particularly target the elderly as among the most vulnerable members of the population. Elderly people are twice as likely as the younger, healthier population to get severely ill with the coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the mortality rate from COVID-19 reaches 15% for those over 80, according to some estimates. At the end of last year, the United Nations estimated that the global population aged 65+ living alone or with a spouse reached nearly 280 million. Elderly monitoring or Aging in Place (AiP) systems have long offered ways to better manage and integrate isolated elderly individuals with relatives and healthcare services. Is the current situation enough to push new technologies and new players into the AiP monitoring mainstream?
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