With a new and changing world, we are seeing a lot more technology options. There are a variety of ways for us to connect with each other, access information, or to simply set an alarm through our devices. It seems overwhelming at times, however, there are a lot of benefits to these new technologies, especially for the senior population.
The number one benefit to using a technological device is that it is an easy way to socialize with friends and family from the comfort of your living room. It is especially important for seniors to socialize, as it provides them a positive mindset and healthy lifestyle. According to Forbes, loneliness might be a bigger health risk than smoking or obesity.
Technology is an easy way to fix this problem. Seniors should have a list of emergency contacts somewhere in their home, but they should also have a list of people to call in case they just want to talk. Give your loved ones a call every once in a while just to check in. It will make a big difference in their lives!
In Case of Emergency
Seniors who live alone, with family, or in a community should all consider this benefit of technology. These emergencies may range from a broken air conditioning unit to a fall. Having a list of emergency contacts and important cell phone numbers can provide a senior with the safety and support they need to get help.
We suggest having the cell phone numbers of a local plumber, mechanic, heating and cooling technician, doctor, etc., on the refrigerator so it is easily accessible and can save them time.
There are also devices such as watches and personal monitoring devices that can monitor a senior’s sleep patterns, location, or motion throughout the day. Certain watches can give you a health report back, including information about heart rate, exercise levels, and water intake.
“Alexa, what is the weather going to look like today?” Simply speaking out a question can provide you with a multitude of answers, especially with virtual assistants such as the Amazon Alexa or Google Nest.
To prevent seniors from walking around their homes a lot, a virtual assistant device can turn the lights on, play music or listen to audiobooks, read the news, or control your thermostat (and they can do this from the couch!).
There are several ways for seniors to get involved with the latest technology, and it can help them do things more quickly and efficiently. Consider talking to your loved one about using these technology options, and educate them on the benefits of having these devices in their home.
Our partners at Senior Living Experts are advocates for seniors using technology because of the multitude of benefits that result from it. You can find them at www.seniorlivingexperts.com or call 773-231-7212