The Apple Watch Is Great News for Seniors

The latest version of the Apple Watch has exciting new capabilities to help you monitor your health and safety.

I spent the morning watching the Apple product announcement event. The  presentation was focused on the Apple Watch 4 and three new iPhones.

What I saw of particular interest to seniors are the numerous new built-in capabilities and apps for monitoring your health and safety.

The watch will have fall detection based on extensive real-world human testing. If the wearer slips and falls, the watch will sense it. The screen will change to a button option to call 9-1-1. If the phone does not detect movement within one minute, it will automatically call 9-1-1 for you.

The other exciting news is about heart monitoring improvements in the watch. It can detect low heart rates. It will measure heart rhythms that might indicate atrial fibrillation. Finally, it will allow the wearer to take an electrocardiogram in real time, any time, any place.

The watch will be a major tool for doctors and other medical practitioners. It can record numerous measurements wherever the patient is, so the provider can see what’s going on even when the patient was not on site.

The watch has FDA clearance and will available for purchase in the near future.

And that’s not all! The three new iPhones they introduced are stunning. We’ll see how it all shakes out, but I’m quite impressed This was an Apple event that excites me about the future.

You can watch the entire presentation here: