The Top Benefits of Technology for Seniors
Do you ever stop and remember the time when we didn’t have smartphones? A little device in your pocket to not only make phone calls but video chat with friends, look up information, and even track your workouts? We all rely on our tech devices so much that it’s easy to forget that we haven’t always had them. Now that technology has become such a vital part of our lives, caregivers can help senior citizens get in on the tech game too.
Getting Seniors Connected
Some seniors who are new to using devices like smartphones and tablets may be reluctant at first, while others take to technology without any worry. However your loved one feels about it, the most important thing is to work with their comfort level and make accessing technology easy for them.
For seniors who live at home, you’ll want to make sure they have a reliable internet connection so they don’t get frustrated with slow speed. If you’re concerned that your loved one can’t afford it, consider looking into options for discounted high-speed internet that’s available to low-income families.
Staying Connected as Family
The apps we have make connecting easier than ever, and the staff at Adult Care Advisors knows how important social connections are for seniors. Again, when choosing a phone for seniors, it’s important to help them find a device that they’re comfortable using. Some seniors might like an iPhone or Android, but others may prefer a device that’s designed with their needs in mind, like the Jitterbug Smart or Grandpad, which is a smartphone and tablet in one.
Most importantly, take the time to help them get the hang of using whichever form of communication they prefer. Program your number into their contacts and show them how easy it is to send a quick text. PCMag suggests several options for video chat, including the basics like FaceTime and Google Duo, along with Google Hangouts if they want to chat from a PC. If you want to make video chatting even easier, PCMag suggests hardware options, like the Amazon Echo Show or Google Hub, which make video chatting as easy as tapping a screen.
Setting Up a Smart Home
If you or another family member can set it up, your senior loved one may appreciate smart home technology. You could do something as simple as installing smart light bulbs or as complex as a whole home system. According to Dwell, smart security systems and voice-activated virtual assistants are two of the most popular smart home devices for seniors. No matter what you choose, the great thing about any of these devices is that they make all kinds of daily tasks easier, which is especially helpful for seniors who still live at home.
Health, Safety, and Fun
Whether your loved one lives at home or in assisted living, we could all use a little extra reassurance when it comes to health and safety. Some of these gadgets are updated versions of tech that’s been around for a while, like wearable devices that allow seniors to call for help in an emergency. There are some great newer safety gadgets too, including automatic medication dispensers and medical monitoring systems. Seniors today are also getting into the fitness tracker trend as a way to keep up with their own health.
Of course, technology isn’t all about work! We all need time to play too, and seniors can enjoy the benefits of using tech for fun. Some seniors like video games, using either a gaming system or their mobile device. And while it’s perfectly fine for seniors to get into gaming just for fun, according to Money Wise, seniors who play video games like Wii Fit see improvements in mental and physical abilities.
Staying connected, staying more independent, and feeling confident in your own health is something we can all appreciate! The truth is that most of us wouldn’t want to try and get by without our devices. Even if your senior loved one is hesitant at first, we’re willing to bet they’ll feel the same way once they get used to all these gadgets have to offer.