Wearable tech could help end loneliness

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A device to alert elderly people’s families if they’re lonely. Good idea, or not?

Loneliness is a big problem, particularly in the elderly community.

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The CaT Pin is designed to be worn as a brooch to monitor how much older people talk and can alert family or carers if they have been without any human contact.

“It is important, because you’ll see a 26 per cent increase in mortality if you’re chronically isolated,” Deputy Director of RMIT’s Health Innovation lab, Matiu Bush, said.

The wearable technology can be set-up to send alerts to family or carers at signs of social isolation.

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