While it can be difficult to keep up with the rapid way in which , the can be incredibly beneficial to the lives of seniors and caregivers.
have the power to improve the of seniors and can even support aging in place.
In this guide, we’ll explore some of the many
can be used to benefit the senior in your life.
can touch various areas of your ’s . It can decrease isolation, increase activity and improve the chances of aging in place. We’ll explore in more depth, how can positively improve your ’s life.
Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of technology is its power to help seniors stay connected to their family, friends, and community.
Many seniors struggle with staying social in , which has a on and wellbeing. There are several that can assist with decreasing isolation and improving a senior’s ability to stay social from the comfort of their own home.
Tablets are one form of that can be a great tool that for your to relatives and close friends.
Your can also use a tablet to store and revisit old photos, play games, and much more.
Tablets are typically user-friendly, but there are also models, such as the GrandPad, designed specifically for older adults. Some tablets can allow family members to set reminders for appointments or medications.
With the ability to be used on any type of device, and participate in community activities and events. platforms allow seniors to stay in contact with
can be done via a , an , or a , depending on what your senior is most comfortable with.
Also, a tool that can be used on most devices (, tablets, and computers), allows seniors to explore activities and events that they may not have otherwise been able to attend. Many senior centers, museums, concerts, and even universities offer virtual programs that can be accessed from anywhere.
Popping up both in home settings and senior living communities, technology allows seniors to explore and be active in new ways.
can be stimulating and spark conversation between care providers and other seniors.
Many medical providers offer online portals that allow their patients to stay in contact, and even have appointments via .
Some providers even work with that monitors vital signs remotely and communicates them back to providers.
, patients and providers can stay in better communication with one another and identify changes in their health status faster. This technology can bring into the home and increase accessibility.
Technology allows seniors to stay connected regardless of physical abilities or health conditions, improving
Especially during the pandemic, many opportunities have emerged to allow seniors to stay engaged. T have also made it possible to combat isolation among older adults.
Technology allows seniors to stay physically active, in a variety of ways.
Some ways include:
At-home exercise equipment and online exercise classes allow your to stay fit from home.
The opportunities are endless - from cycling classes to chair yoga, programs can be found for anyone no matter what their physical abilities are. You or your can scan the internet for different virtual fitness classes that best fit their needs, capabilities, and interests.
fall detection devices allow seniors to continue doing physical activities they’ve always enjoyed such as walking or cycling while having the peace of mind that they can get help in the event of a fall. such as
Be sure to find a fall detection device that can be used outside of the home.
Perhaps one of the best parts of technology is the can have an increased chance of successfully aging in place.
Technology can be used to support a senior’s independence while providing peace of mind to concerned
. It can be used in a variety of ways, depending on the specific needs of your .
This your falling can give your to all the things they need to do on a regular basis in a safe way. You don’t need to worry about while trying to reach over and turn off a lamp or adjust the temperature. These devices can also be controlled through a which allows family members to provide support, even when not in the home.
Medication management can be an obstacle for seniors wanting to safely age in place, especially if they have a memory impairment.
Automatic pill dispensers allow your to fill a pill box and get reminders when it is time to take the medication. They also keep medications secured until it’s time to take them which decreases the risk of accidental overdose.
As mentioned above, fall detection devices can ensure help is called for in the event your falls.
Some have tools to monitor blood pressure and falls.
For individuals with mild memory loss, a stove shut-off can be a helpful tool in the event a memory lapse occurs resulting in the stove being left on.
If your has a visual impairment, there are phones and remote controls that can be purchased with large numbers that can be easily seen.
The phone may come as a or as a landline. These devices are often simpler to use, for seniors who feel they won’t to use new devices.
In many cases, monitoring your on video isn’t appropriate.
However, for seniors living with memory impairment, video cameras can be one way to check in remotely if you’re providing long-distance care and require a technology solution.
It’s important to keep in mind that when it comes to aging in place, all these still do not replace the importance of a caregiver being present, but they can go a long way in increasing safety.
can be vastly impacted by . As our society becomes more and more comfortable with these tools, the will continue to grow.
Laurel McLaughlin has over a decade worth of experience in various sectors of the elder care field- home care, senior living, and non-profits. She has a Master’s in Gerontology and is a certified dementia practitioner.
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