Technology is evolving to become more accessible and helpful to its entire user base. Several particularly helpful applications of technology can greatly benefit the seniors in your family. Whether they want to keep in touch or try out new things, technology for seniors could be an excellent avenue to explore.
Not all technology is designed with seniors in mind. However, many devices or programs are accessible to people of all ages. If your senior loved ones are willing to give some new technology a try, they may be surprised at how it can improve their lives.
The most obvious benefit of technology is the capability to call for help quickly. Whether a senior needs to call an assisted living staff member or an ambulance, they can receive emergency help with the push of a button. Depending on your loved one’s exact living situation, they may be able to use a cell phone for this purpose, or a LifeAlert device for a simpler user experience.
Family members can’t visit every day, and a senior can’t always travel safely. Fortunately, with the amazing communication capabilities of technology, you can still keep in touch with your loved one. Seniors and their caregivers will both appreciate the quick access to family provided by a cell phone or video calling software. Encourage your loved one to keep in touch with distant family members by taking advantage of technology.
Pro Tip: Voice-activated technology can enhance a senior’s feeling of independence since they’ll need far less help using the device. Alexa and similar voice-activated tech icons work especially well for this.
Health and Medication Management
Seniors won’t always remember to take their medicine at the correct time. This is particularly a problem for seniors developing early signs of dementia. For at-risk seniors who need their medicine on time, setting a medication reminder in a cell phone or other electronic device can be a lifesaver. The reminder can be programmed to repeat as often as necessary and as many times as necessary to ensure your loved one gets their medicine and stays healthy.
Mental and Physical Exercise
Anyone who has ever played an exercise-themed video game knows the potential of technology to get you up and moving. And that’s not all! Specially designed video games or programs can stimulate the mind and promote memory retention as well, an especially good bonus for seniors worried about dementia. Technology can improve your seniors’ mental and physical fitness.
Improving Quality of Life for Seniors
In short, proper applications of technology can improve your senior loved ones’ quality of life. Between encouraging health and providing quick access to help and socialization, technology for seniors is an incredibly effective way to promote happiness and health.
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