Aspects little known to us today such as robotic surgery, the use of microchips, smart phones, apps, exoskeletons or capsule-shaped microchips that will inform us of the state of our digestive system or when it was the last Once we have taken the pill, they will be everyday issues for the elderly of the future, as has been stated during the 53rd National Congress of the Spanish Society of Geriatrics (SEGG), 32nd Congress of the Andalusian Society of Geriatrics (SAGG) and 7th Congress of the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society (EUGMS), held last week in the city of Malaga.

And it is that aging will change substantially in the coming years and we will age with a different attitude, which will allow us to live longer and that will make possible, as has been explained by Dr. Jean-Pierre Michel, Professor of Medicine and Head of Geriatrics Service of the University of Geneve, Switzerland, create "improved humans", that is, "humans mixed with other components of digital medicine, robotic surgery, connected healthcare, etc.".

The geriatric medicine of the next hundred years will be fundamentally "a preventive, personalized and participative medicine that will allow the patient to participate actively in the care of their health"

For this expert, the geriatric medicine of the next hundred years will be fundamentally "a preventive, personalized and participative medicine, which will allow the patient or the elderly, in general, to participate actively in the care of their health, complemented, in addition, with a good nutrition and the practice of physical exercise ".

"Patients will be able to take care of themselves and receive care at home. In addition, with these technologies there will be international databases on diseases and public health problems, "adds the doctor.

From the companion robot to the microchips

Among the new technologies that will take care of the health of the elderly of the future are novelties such as exoskeletons that, as Dr. Michel explained, are devices that will be placed on our bodies and that provide human skills to people who suffer from disability, and that allow us to improve their balance, carry weight, and even walk, to people who have not they could do it. This type of exoskeletons will also help patients noticeably paraplegics.

Smartphones, on the other hand, will provide the patient, through sensors on the skin, all kinds of information about their health status, such as a laptop that will tell you what your heart rate, blood pressure, spending caloric intake or calorie intake.

We can also enjoy the microchip tablets, which will contain cameras that will allow us to know the state of the intestine and the gastric system, so that they will no longer be necessary. colonoscopies, and that will allow tracking from the mobile phone, for example, of what time we have taken a pill or when we get the next one.

The DNA sequencing of a patient will allow to select the most specific treatment for each patient depending on the altered gene. The pharmacogenomics it will consist of drugs designed to target only altered cells.

Finally, the robotic surgery that will reduce both the duration of the surgical intervention, as the stay in the hospital, and the companion robots, which will help people who need it in their daily tasks, will be another of the advances of which we can benefit in the future.

Source: Spanish Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology

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