New merger could benefit independent living

Two of the biggest technology companies have teamed up to produce a series of tools that can help senior citizens live a more active, healthy lifestyle. reports that GE and Intel have created the Home Health Technology Company, which will concentrate on chronic disease management, independent living and assistive technologies.

New merger could benefit independent living

According to the news source, one of the proposed devices will be based off of theIntel Reader and the Intel Health Guide, which turns text into audio to help those who are visually impaired. The variation will be used by eldercare professionals to remotely communicate with their patients more easily.

The news outlet added that the Chairmen of the Board and CEO of GE stated that "controlling healthcare costs while bringing quality care to an increasingly aging population is one of the largest global challenges we face today."

The new technology could be good news for older adults who wish to live at home for as long as possible. WebMD reports that many Americans are living longer than ever and adds that some experts estimate that within 50 years the average life expectancy may be approaching 100.

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