A good read. With that said it is not affordable for everyone. Technology brings a lot of advantages in communication, but at a cost.
You don't have to have all the bells and whistles to have a high-tech home for the elderly. Look into options that fit into your budget. An iPad or tablet is a great option. Teach your parent or anyone you are caring for how to use it. You can download programs that give you many free services. This can bring some comfort if you do not live very close to the person you are caring for. Skype is one of those programs. You call up a person and look at them. Sometimes seeing someone when talking to them can help. You can get TV, movies, books and a lot more all from one device. This can help when a person is homebound or has mobility issues.