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The American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA) recently announced the completion of its Idea House– a full-scale, 2,600 square foot house featuring groundbreaking technology designed to help aging individuals by improving and enhancing quality of life. The cutting-edge designs and innovations make it possible for seniors to alone at home, longer.

The house’s amenities include:

? Automatic medication dispenser and reminder which organizes and monitors an individual’s medication use. Additionally, the feature can notify pharmacies of needed refills.

? Electronic medical reports which can track, monitor and transmit an individual’s medical information to doctors, caregivers and family members as needed and reduce health care costs.

? Height-adjustable bath and kitchen appliances which provide safe and efficient access for individuals with mobility limitations.

? Temporary robotic limbs which provide increased strength for a period of time through the use of the Hybrid Assistive Limbs (HAL) robotic suit. By reading a person’s bioelectric signals, the suit guides the movement of the robotic limbs strapped to the individual’s arms and legs. According to AAHSA, the HAL suit may even be able to assist stroke patients with walking and lend nurses extra strength when moving individuals who need assistance.

? Interactive gaming system which provides continuous access to social networking tools like email and radio programs while broadcasting through a television.

? Artificial intelligent robot, known as PARO, which is used in place of live animal therapy in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and schools to provide the psychological, physiological, and social benefits associated with traditional therapy.

Additionally, the house incorporates environmentally friendly features such as carpets made from post-consumer recycled material and furniture made from recycled plastic milk jugs. Sensors within the perimeter can also detect everything from moisture on the floor to whether the stove has been on too long.

Idea House will be on display and available for interactive hands-on exploration at AAHSA’s annual meeting at McCormick Place in Chicago, November 8 – 11th. For more information on the Idea House from AAHSA, visit