Applications of Digital Technology for Elderly Health Care during the Spread of COVID-19 Pandemic

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Surasingha Sombat Suranartvatchavong
Supaporn Sudnongbau

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          During the spread of COVID-19 pandemic situation, the Thai government has introduced several measures and policies to prevent the spread of the virus. These include restrictions to keep people at home, implement some limitations on travel and movements, promoting social distancing, as well as providing the elderly with care and support in body, mind, and society elements. Elderly people, however, are still considered as a vulnerable group receiving more adverse impacts than others. Applying digital technology to improve the healthcare of elderly people could, therefore, greatly alleviate the healthcare restrictions which are the effects of the preventive measures of COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, application of Information and Communication Technology: ICT in taking care of the elderly could benefit by predicting and designing lifestyle and healthcare patterns straightforwardly and effectively. Consequently, the healthcare patterns can be used as the foundation ideas for scaffolding and creating significant healthcare innovation for the elderly–designing suitable physical activities, managing stress, restful sleep, as well as introducing new healthy behaviours and lifestyles. Furthermore, applications of digital technology in elderly health care could greatly advantage elderly patients with chronic diseases in terms of obtaining medical advice from healthcare professionals, rehabilitation medicine, etc. Utilization of technology in constructing healthcare systems could decidedly help estimate and design healthcare guidelines for the elderly for other possible, further pandemics.

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Suranartvatchavong ส. . ส., & Sudnongbau ส. . (2022). Applications of Digital Technology for Elderly Health Care during the Spread of COVID-19 Pandemic. JOURNAL OF SOUTHERN TECHNOLOGY, 15(1), 129–138. Retrieved from https://so04.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/journal_sct/article/view/254109
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