I Wasn’t Supposed to be a Sandwich. I Thought It Was Time for Dessert.

There’s a vast cohort of middle-aged baby boomers who thought that once their kids were through high school/college, they’d be able to coast into retirement, carefree at last.

Funny thing happened.

With advances in medical science, the baby boomer’s parents are living longer and living more independently.

Well, almost.

The time and energy needed to take care of aging parents, no matter their health status, has “sandwiched” baby boomers, with pressure from “below” from kids who still need attention and financial support, and from the baby boomer parents, who increasingly need attention and (often) financial support.  (Hence the term sandwich generation).

With today’s connectivity (GP tracking, text, shared access to bank accounts), the kids’ life metrics are easy to track. Their health is likely perfect, so there’s not health metrics to track.

But how can sandwich boomers track the health metrics of their parents, so as to lessen the pressure of care and alleviate work-a-day worries, to keep them from darting to and from their parents’ home, before, after, and during work, to say nothing of middle of the night visits?

Well, now there is a way to non-intrusively monitor a parent’s health metrics (or anyone’s for that matter).

Health metric monitoring, powered by phone apps, has turned smartphones into one of the most-sophisticated health monitoring and reporting tools the world has ever known. Critical body functions and health status can be easily monitored with low-cost, easy-to-use sensors, and – with action thresholds established on a personal basis – alerts can be activated automatically, and sent to… well, anyone: you, doctors, other family, even first responders.  The technology has finally arrived, and it’s getting better by the day. Adopting it is low cost, but best of all, it offers sandwich generations peace of mind unachievable before. Until today.