The world is changing quickly, especially in the realm of technological advances designed particularly to make life easier and more enjoyable. Most people have embraced the new technologies hook, line and sinker, but there is one group for whom change can be challenging and therefore resisted.
Seniors are in general slower to change their habits than most other groups. The trend, however is to move towards acceptance and incorporation of technology into their lifestyles. In a survey by Pew Research, more than half of seniors use the internet and own cell phones. Yet, there is still a long way to go on the path to full utilization of what are life-enhancing, and often life-saving tools for the oldest among us.
The benefits of technology for seniors are many and varied. Technology can keep seniors more engaged in the world, connected, mentally active, as well as safer physically. It is not inconceivable that a device like a phone or health tracker could be a life-saving tool in an emergency.
Here are a few high-tech tools that are must-haves for seniors:
One of the most basic and ubiquitous of the seemingly endless variety of devices available are smartphones. There are many models that are user-friendly for the older set, with larger keypads and screens for easy typing and reading. Speed dialing and voice recognition are useful in obvious ways for everyone, but especially for seniors, who might have issues with arthritis, shaking hands, or other problems. And of course, whether smart or not, cell phones make staying in touch with family and loved ones beyond easy, and can make reminders for taking meds as easy as pressing a button.
Home Assistive Devices
As we age, taking care of ourselves can become complicated and challenging. Home assistive devices can make a big difference for people who otherwise could lose their independence. These devices can do a whole host of things, such as home monitoring, medication dispensing appliances, photo-enhanced photo dialers, stove-top shut-off systems and more, which all help seniors with some cognitive and motor limitations stay safe.
Wireless Home Monitoring Systems
Children of older people, and others that care about them, naturally worry when their loved one lives alone. What if they fall, or need help in some way? Wireless home monitoring systems use sensors placed around the home to detect emergencies like falls, unusual behavior, and keep track of the person’s vital signs, all without interfering with privacy and independence.