Several elderly people prefer their independence, however due to cognitive impairment or other age-related ailments they cannot necessarily be left on their own. In order to aid the elderly in living independently, we consider the use of emotion recognition as a relatively autonomous monitoring approach for geriatric people. An analysis and comparison among various emotion recognition studies has shown that close to none of these studies have taken age related cognitive decline into account, which comes with various issues. The aim of this paper is to provide an overview of current emotion recognition techniques and why they may not necessarily be suitable or feasible for geriatric people. This analysis serves as a foundation for a proposed conceptual framework toward an autonomous monitoring system for geriatric people which could minimize the need for explicit user input or interaction while still monitoring the geriatric person(s) well-being.