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The Apple Watch, a Health Tool for Seniors

Updated on October 21, 2018
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Don is a retired engineer and shares his experiences and knowledge with his readers to help them as technology gets more complicated.

Apple Watch Series 4

APPLE WATCH - Series 4
APPLE WATCH - Series 4 | Source

Aging and Mortality today

I am a Senior, and that's the reason I am writing this article. Sure this product works fantastic for all age groups, and of course there are competing devices that can perform some of the functions I will discuss here.

But here I will discuss the advantages of pretty much any Senior interested in wearing an Apple Watch .

First of all, let me say; I'm not some kind of salesman trying to push a product on people. Rather, as I have said, I'm just a Retired Senior who is always looking for ways to keep my body as healthy as possible.

You see, we Senior's are aware of something that most younger people have not confronted or even taken the time to consider and that's the reality of their mortality.

The cold reality is that, our bodies will age.

It is indisputable that our bodies will age; and as they age certain parts of our bodies will function less efficiently and often even suffer fatal breakdowns.

And if our doctors can manage our health problem, our bodies will eventually break down again and again until at some point it stops functioning. At that point, your body is DEAD. And honestly there's no way to stop this progression of aging or Death.

On the other hand, accepting the fact that death is inevitable knowing that you can do some simple things that can help your body age slower, and at the same time monitor and catch certain major health problems before your body is damaged critically.

Cheat Death or accept it!

Me? Well, over 20 years ago, I contracted a rare disease that was, at that time, over 95% fatal to whomever caught it.

My Doctors at the time worked very hard on my condition and I can say that together, we cheated death. But my body was seriously damaged and although I eventually ended up needing a Kidney transplant, I was pronounced "in remission".

I only mention this situation that I lived through so you can understand my perspective on how I and you should be more aware of the tools out there that can help you keep your body healthy.

You see, I want to continue cheating Death, as long as I can.

Technical Tools can save your life

In the past, the typical health problem occurred like this. First, the average person would; feel sick, or have pains, or develop other strange physical symptoms and if these were serious enough the person would make an appointment to visit their Doctor or if it was really bad, they would go to the local Emergency Room..

The problem for many of my fellow Senior's in those times has been the fact that while many sick people did eventually visit their doctor, their symptoms were often more serious than they thought and many of them would die from not getting treatment quickly enough.

Well today, there are some technical tools out there that a person can utilize which, in turn, can give the user warnings about just how serious certain of their symptoms really are.

Until recently there have been some great tools available for us all to use. But now, there are tools in the form of APPs that operate on your SmartPhone and your digital Watches.

Without getting into the technology itself, the more popular of these tools designed into the Apple Watch allowed the user to monitor health-related data that before now they didn't have access to themselves.

Here are just a few of the more common functions these tools provide;

  1. monitor Heart Rate,
  2. measure the number of steps taken,
  3. measure running distance and pace,
  4. record personal data such as BP, Blood Sugar, Food intake,
  5. send health reading warnings to family members,
  6. send 911 calls when a person falls and cannot respond,
  7. and even monitor sleep efficiency,

Yes, I've been using a technical device, the Apple Watch, to monitor a number of my bodily function and data for a while now.

I can keep up with my heartbeat, count the number of steps I make throughout the day and I could record and track things like; my weight, my food intake, my calorie and Carbohydrate intake, my exercise regimen, my Blood Sugar, and other functions I get data on from other Apps on my iPhone, that I and my Doctors are concerned with.

I felt pretty good about using these devices, as recording devices where I can immediately monitor the measurements I make of my bodily functions, over time.

And I can always have it ready to show my doctors, at any time.

The Apple Watch Series 4 can be a Lifesaver.

Again, I am not some salesman for Apple, I'm just a Retired Senior who, having almost died once, wants to do what I can to help my body stay healthy and thus live as long as I can.

So it should be no surprise to anyone, when I say that I the new Apple Watch Series 4. The Apple presentation about this watch (on Apple.com) was a good one and I was not just amazed, but once I saw it I knew I had to have this product on my wrist.

You see, this new watch has some new and important functions that, in my opinion, regardless of whether you think you're healthy or not; you my fellow Seniors should be wearing this fantastic device.

Health Function #1 - Heart Rate

Past versions of the Apple watch have been able to sense and report on the wearer's Heart Rate.

Now you can not only monitor and record your Heart Rate but you can also set an upper and lower limit for your Heart Rate and have it give you warnings if you exceed these preset limits.

Heart Rate Monitor display

Heart Rate monitor Display
Heart Rate monitor Display | Source

Health Function #2 - ECG

With the addition of a third sensor and some exotic software your watch can run and display a short ECG for the wearer.

It also allows the wearer to send a copy of their latest ECG to their Doctor for review.

ECG Display

Typical ECG display on Apple watch
Typical ECG display on Apple watch | Source

Heart Function #3 - AFIB

Because the Apple Watch can monitor and generate an ECG wave-shape, it can also detect instances of AFIB and this data can also be sent to the wearer's Doctor.

Those other Health Functions?

I won't even go into details on the numerous other, and pretty standard, SmartWatch/SmartPhone Apps and the associated data they can record for you when you are walking, riding your bike, running, swimming etcetera.

But realize that when these pieces of data are recorded along with a person's heart data then the resultant information can be critical to a doctor who may be searching for the appropriate treatment for you.

Good for Me, Good for You

In Summary

Of course, a lot of my fellow Seniors will just ignore this information and go nonliving their lives their own way.

They may drop dead tomorrow or they may live another decade or more, this really can't be predicted by anyone.

But personally, my desire to live as healthy a life as I can during my Senior years, and enjoy my life as I do so, means that I will be wearing and enjoying my new Apple Watch and the information it collects around the clock on my body's functions.

© 2018 Don Bobbitt

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    • Don Bobbitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Don Bobbitt 

      4 months ago from Ruskin Florida

      Louise Powles - I personally have enough health situations that I must manage that this watch is a great tool for me.

      So, I heartily recommend it to other Seniors.

      Have a nice day! And, I'm glad I gave you some useful information.

      DON

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      Louise Powles 

      4 months ago from Norfolk, England

      I like the sound of that watch. It sounds really useful. I'll definitely look into getting one of these for myself. Thankyou. =)

    • Don Bobbitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Don Bobbitt 

      4 months ago from Ruskin Florida

      Liz Westwood - Well, I stand by my endorsement of this Apple Watch as a great health aid for Seniors, but the price is a little high.

      On the other side of that coin, you are purchasing more than just a heart monitor, but you get so many of the additional functions of an iPhone available right there on your wrist.

      I don't have the room here to list the many other applications you can use with this watch, but if you're in doubt I suggest that you go to the Apple.com site and watch the video presentation on many of the functions you can use.

      Have a great Day!

      DON

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      Liz Westwood 

      5 months ago from UK

      I have bee told that these heart rate monitors are more accurate than the ones on the machines in the gym. I have been struggling to find a cheap waterproof one as, when swimming in a pool minus contact lenses or glasses, I often struggle to see the clock on the wall. A waterproof monitor could solve my problems.

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