Seniors open to technology, but costs pose problem

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Medicare beneficiaries are willing to try new technology to help them maintain their independence, but technical issues and cost remain roadblocks, two studies find. 

Both AARP and the Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST) of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA) have issued reports that gauge the opinions of seniors 65 and over and their caregivers regarding technology. While a high percentage of seniors have expressed a willingness to try new technology, nearly 8 out of 10 caregivers believe they would have a difficult time convincing those they care for to give it a try. 

Cost remains the number one challenge for both caregivers and seniors. A total of 75% of caregivers and 80% of independent seniors are not willing to spend more than $50 a month on the services. 

For more information on the studies or the types of technology available, please visit www.agingtech.org or www.aarp.org