How Technology Can Improve Senior LivingApril 12, 2023
Over the past several decades, technology has evolved in ways many older adults could never have imagined. We’ve seen incredible achievements in everything from medical technology to televisions. Every day, technology changes for the benefit and convenience of all.
As time goes by, it becomes increasingly clear how technology can improve senior living. From enhancing safety to making life more convenient, technology has the potential to make a significant difference in the lives of older adults. Here are just a few ways that modern technology is helping seniors age in place and live more fulfilling lives.
More convenience for more independence
Voice-activated home assistance like Amazon Alexa and Google Home can help seniors live more independently for longer. With compatible technology, these assistants give seniors the opportunity to control the lights, the thermostat, and even some appliances. All you have to do is say the device’s name and call out a command.
All types of seniors would benefit from this device, but those with mobility issues, in particular, will find them incredibly helpful. Simple things, like turning up the thermostat a few degrees in the winter, can be done from the comfort of your couch. If you’re overwhelmed by the thought of a new device, that’s all right. Many of the aforementioned tasks can be completed on your smartphone or tablet.
Health and wellness at your fingertips
Wearable monitors, such as the FitBit or the Apple Watch, can help seniors keep track of their health. These devices can monitor your heart rate, blood oxygen, sleep, and so much more. While they can’t keep track of specific conditions, they are great for monitoring your overall health.
Another great positive of these devices is the fall detection feature. If the watch detects you’ve taken a hard fall, it will come up with a prompt on the screen asking if you are okay, or if emergency services need to be called. You will then tap whether or not you need help. If the watch detects you haven’t moved for about a minute, it will call emergency services for you. This is a great benefit for seniors both physically and mentally.
In another avenue of health and wellness, you can also use your technology to communicate with your doctor. During the global pandemic, telehealth gave patients the opportunity to speak with their primary health care through video consultations and secure messaging. This service is fantastic for those who need a quick check-up or those who struggle with getting out of the home.
Connecting with friends and family
With loved ones spread across the state, or even the country, it can be difficult to stay in contact with everyone. Social media allows you to see what your friends and family are up to in real-time. If work or time zones make it difficult to make a phone call, you can message one another throughout the day.
Video chats via FaceTime or Zoom help bridge the gap of face-to-face communication that phone calls leave behind. Setting up regular video chats is a great way to better connect with your loved ones, no matter where in the world they are. Regular socialization will help you see improvement in your overall quality of life.
Access to a wider variety of entertainment
Technology has made it easier than ever for seniors to access information and entertainment. From online news to streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, seniors have a wealth of content available at their fingertips. This can help to keep them informed and entertained, as well as provide a welcome distraction from the challenges of aging.
Some applications are starting to test group-watching services, which allow people from other parts of the globe to watch a show or movie at the same time. This way, you and your loved ones have something in common to discuss during your video calls.
Convenience of care in your home
Technology has the potential to greatly improve senior living by making life safer, more convenient, and more enjoyable. Whether you’re looking to stay connected with loved ones, track your health, or access information and entertainment, there are many technology solutions available to help seniors achieve these goals. With the right tools and support, technology can play a vital role in helping seniors age in place and live more fulfilling lives.
Still, you may find you need assistance around the home. If that is the case, consider the help of an at-home caregiver. These professionals can aid with all the activities of daily living you require support with. For more information on how a caregiver could benefit you, give us a call at 773-274-9262.
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