Aging-related bladder control issues and incontinence can negatively impact a senior’s self-esteem and quality of life. Up until now, progress has been made on the “hardware aspects” of urination, such as improving toilets and adult diapers, but a company called Triple W Japan has developed an innovative new tool called D Free, which is the first wearable device in the world to use ICT to sense when the user’s bladder will be full and alert them to head to the bathroom. This helps seniors and caregivers alike and saves money as well.
In facilities providing long-term care in Japan, there has been an increase in the number of seniors transported to hospitals due to health abnormalities. In response, caregiving facilities have been turning to ICT in recent years to help them better manage the health status of the seniors under their care. One such example is AnshinNet, a tool that helps long-term care facilities quickly detect any health irregularities among their seniors and prevent their condition from becoming critical.