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Here’s Why Your Grandmothers Dislike Wearing A Fitness Band

Grandmas may hate wearing smart watches not just to be tech savvy

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There are many reasons as to why Older ladies do not prefer wearing a fitness band. Pixabay

If your grandmother does not like to wear a fitness band or a smart watch, there are deeper reasons than just being tech-savvy. According to researchers, older adults wish to remain active together in a group, not competing with their peers while being in the park.

While counterintuitive, engaging in competition with family and friends decreases the odds of long-term use among older adults, perhaps because they feel it’s demotivating, according to researchers from Michigan State University.

And wanting to lose weight, become more active and monitor health doesn’t seem to influence length of use either. But technological savviness does.

“For older adults, motivation is about partnership and collaboration, such as walking together,” said Anastasia Kononova, assistant professor of advertising. “It’s about being active together, not competing.”

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Older adults dislike wearing fitness band as the physical appearance of such devices doesn’t matter to them. Pixabay

The researchers conducted a survey of adults age 65 and older to explore factors associated with long-term use — longer than six months — of wearable activity trackers.

They looked at usage patterns, socioeconomic factors, health status and activity levels.

The study, published in the journal Telemedicine and e-HEALTH, found older adults are likely to use trackers longer if they use a wider variety of functions to track their health and activity levels.

Examples of such functions include tracking calories burned, distance, heart rate, mood, sleep time, steps, etc.

Other factors determining long-term use: being female, being well-educated, wearing every day, exercising regularly and not having chronic health conditions.

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“For starters, manufacturers should incorporate activities specific to an older population, such as swimming and gardening, into trackers,” Kononova said.

Like younger users, physical appearance of trackers is important, so big and bulky doesn’t work.

“Wearable activity trackers have the potential to improve older adults’ health, yet many adopters don’t use them on a long-term basis,” said Lin Li, a doctoral candidate studying health and technology who led the study. (IANS)

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Apple Watch Saves Old Man’s Life

An old man from Texas credits apple watch for saving his life

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A 79-year-old veterinarian has credited the Apple Watch for saving his life. Pixabay

A 79-year-old veterinarian from Waco, Texas has credited the Apple Watch for saving his life, after the device’s heart rate monitor notified him of atrial fibrillation.

Dr. Ray Emerson received a notification from his Apple Watch saying that it had noticed an irregular heartbeat, CBS Austin reported recently.

The notification of an irregular heart rhythm and potential atrial fibrillation is what prompted him to head to his doctor where he had an EKG and then had surgery at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center to correct the irregular rhythm.

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The apple watch saves the man’s life by notifying him of atrial fibrillation. Pixabay

As per report, Dr. Emerson joked that he was “too cheap” to buy the watch for himself, but now he views his Apple Watch as priceless.

There have been several examples where Apple Watch saved lives.

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A US doctor recently saved a person’s life by using Apple Watch Series 4 on his wrist to detect atrial fibrillation (AFib) at a restaurant.

An Apple Watch user in the UK was recently alerted about his low heart rate by the device. It revealed a serious heart condition that ultimately resulted in a surgery to fix the problem. (IANS)