If she doesn't, she gets a call, and a family member receives an email, text or call.
"Technology is allowing me to stay on my own as long as I can — I would like to die right here in my condo," said Phyllis Bek-gran of Venice, Fla., who turns 90 this month.
There are devices to track medication and Alzheimer's wandering, activity — or inactivity — in the house, falls and real-time health information.
The company can alert D'Eramo by text, email, Web or phone if something is out of the ordinary.
"Using this new technology allows me to feel emotionally confident and secure that my parents can stay in their home longer," said D'Eramo, 44, a printing company salesman.
En español | Phil D'Eramo used to call his parents four or five times a day to make sure they took their medication.
An only child from upstate New York, D'Eramo was worried, especially about his 89-year-old father, who has Alzheimer's disease. When his father went out for short drives, was he getting home safely?
It's currently a billion industry, and Orlov expects it to rise to billion by 2020.
Katy Fike, an engineer and gerontologist, has met with "over a thousand entrepreneurs from around the world" since cofounding Aging2.0 less than two years ago. adults caring for an adult or child with major health issues, and 5 million to 7 million long-distance caregivers, the potential tech market is vast.
Many older people need multiple medications multiple times a day; a memory issue compounds the task.
What it is: A digital pill dispenser that looks like a regular seven-day model.
Who uses it: Mike Beadles' mom, 85, who has Parkinson's disease and dementia, lives with him in Lawton, Okla. Now Mike, 61 and a disabled vet, is using the low-tech gadget, too.