Reports estimate that by 2050, 20 percent or more of the world will be over the age of 65. United States will have a very large number of seniors but this trend will have a particularly profound effect in Japan, where the percentage of people 65 and over is projected to spike from the current 25 percent to 40 percent.
“What better place then to test a program aimed at improving seniors’ quality of life thorough technology? Apple, IBM, and Japan Post Group are planning to provide millions of iPads loaded with apps and services designed to help senior citizens in Japan thrive. The pilot program, which will start in the second half of this year, will be an extension of Japan Post Group’s “Watch Over” service, where for a nominal fee, postal workers check on elderly customers and report back to their families. The iPads are designed to complement these in-person visits and provide a way for the elderly recipients to manage their lives and stay connected to family members and the community.”
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