Wearables Are Getting Less Useful for Seniors

Don Wickelgren
August 18, 2023

Several years ago, it looked like the profession of fitness watches and sensors was heading toward the perfect senior tool to keep them independent and healthier. Alas, the market had turned, and we're in a worse place today than three years ago.

The use case is to have a long battery life in a band loaded with health sensors with minimal to no screen information. Personally, I think that limiting the display primarily to time would be best to improve acceptance by a senior.

Seniors: a) can't read a watch screen well or at all, and working UI—forget it; b) have no desire or even awareness of the functions provided by watches beyond the time.

Although I like my smartwatch and the array of sensors, it's not for the senior meeting to be watched by caretakers.


Don Wicklegren is Xilium's founder. He is a technologist by profession who started his career pre-internet in remote medical technology and learning. He has worked in both small and large corporations with world-wide remote staff and became a part of the team who developed the first commercial internet. As an entrepreneur, he started his first technology company in 2001. In Xilium, he focuses on innovating solutions for the US healthcare system.