FUMS 012 – Low Cost High Tech Help For MS’ers

 

FUMS 012 – Low Cost High Tech Help For MS’ers

In today’s episode, Occupational Therapist Gabe Byars shares all the ways that assistive technology can help us in our everyday life with MS. Learn about integrating various technologies to turn your lights off and on, adjust the heat or air conditioning, see who’s at the door and let them in, raise and lower the blinds – all on voice command!

In today’s episode, Occupational Therapist Gabe Byars shares all the ways that assistive technology can help us in our everyday life with MS. Learn about integrating various technologies to turn your lights off and on, adjust the heat or air conditioning, see who’s at the door and let them in, raise and lower the blinds – all on voice command! Imagine the energy you’d save. Gabe also shares tips and tricks like using your smart phone’s calendar to free up your mind from having to remember everything, using a medicine reminder app to keep us on track with all of our meds, setting a reminder to prompt us to stretch throughout our day or use an app to track us when we go out for a walk so our loved ones feel reassured of our safety. Learn about the future of smart tech for healthcare, including smart monitoring of health conditions like using a contact to continually check blood sugar as opposed to a diabetic having to stick themselves repeatedly. There is a lot of research going on now regarding biomarkers in MS. Perhaps in the not-too-distant future, we’ll see remote monitoring of our symptoms with a predictive ability! How great would that be?!

Resources mentioned in the interview (clickable links):

Smart Fork/Utensils
Amazon Home Kit
Amazon Echo
Phillips Hue
NEST Thermostat
Roomba Vacuum
Electronic Locks
Electronic Doorbell
Road ID App
Medication Reminder App

Assistive Technology Programs by State

To reach my guest Gabe Byars, you can email him heregabe.byars@slcc.edu

 

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