The use of mobility aids like canes and walkers has increased by 50% in the past decade and is expected to grow further as the senior population doubles by 2050. Traditional medical aids have undoubtedly improved the quality of life for the elderly, but they are not a panacea.
The elderly population still has to rely on others for many things, including as simple things as opening the doors for them, finding their way around unfamiliar environments, relying on others to measure body vitals, and calling emergency services. The solution to all of these issues, as well as many others, is Wander On. It is intended to be a true “helping hand.”
The products from Shreya Thakkar’s Wander On line make it easier for the elderly to navigate their way around safely. They feature a high-tech navigator and GPS so the elderly won’t get lost. Plus, the built-in sensors measure their body vitals, such as blood pressure, pulse, and temperature. The cane or walker’s SOS button sends the user’s live health data and location to the support center in case of an emergency.
Wander On can also unlock doors when close to smart home automation devices. Also, the motion detection sensors detect hand movements and slide closer to the user.
Shreya advocates for and designs solutions to social issues like homelessness, employment equity, sustainable urban systems, and reliable healthcare systems. She is currently honing her designs with seniors and healthcare professionals. Email Shreya or visit her website to learn more.