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Apple’s New Health Features Bring New Focus to Elder Care Technology

Apple’s new health features announced at WWDC 2021 will be available for anyone with an iPhone. But two of the tools - walking "steadiness" and the ability to share health data with family members, could be particularly useful for older adults.

People who work with older adults are excited that a company like Apple is interested in tech that could be used for this group. Experts have spent years frustrated that companies don’t design products to meet the needs of that demographic. There have been a few attempts to introduce new tools, but none got much traction, says Richard Schulz, a social psychologist studying aging at the University of Pittsburgh.

“I think the reason is that the big boys — companies like Apple — never got into it,” Schulz says. The new features are a signal that the tide is starting to turn. “Apple getting into this is a big deal.”


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