It’s no secret that technology has improved by leaps and bounds in the past ten years. This development means that there are new devices and applications that are more readily available for just about every purpose, including helping seniors, their caregivers, and family members.
Here are four types of technology that can improve quality of life for seniors:
Many of us have been relying heavily on video chat, both for work and socialization, in recent months. For seniors, chatting with their friends and family members can help alleviate feelings of loneliness — and if this year has taught us anything, it’s that our maintaining our mental health is critical.
There are numerous, widely available platforms for video chat, either through social media or through dedicated services such as Zoom or Skype. Whether your loved one has a computer with a webcam, a tablet, smartphone, or other device, it’s easy to get them set up so that they can get some virtual face time with their friends and grandkids.
Today, the variety of video games available appeals to a broad audience — even seniors! Games like the ever-popular Wii Sports promote light physical activity, allowing older adults to engage in something exciting while keeping their bodies moving.
Playing video games also benefits the mind, improving memory and cognitive function. Simple puzzle or word games can be beneficial, but some seniors have even enjoyed playing well-known fantasy games like World of Warcraft.
Personal Emergency Response System and GPS
If an older loved one is living at home alone, safety is paramount. Thankfully, there are devices available that allow seniors to retain their independence while also providing peace of mind for the entire family. A Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) is a simple unit that contacts emergency responders at the push of a button. Since it is continuously worn, there is no need to worry if the person cannot reach a phone to call for help.
For older adults with Alzheimer’s or dementia, there is often a concern that they may wander off, potentially putting them in a perilous situation. A GPS tracker can notify you of their location, alerting you if they leave their home.
Apps for Health and Medication Management
When it comes to your loved one’s health, it’s essential that everyone is on the same page regarding their care. If you have a home health aide visiting during the day, you want to make sure that they can help the older adult remember to take the right medications at the right time of day. While divided pillboxes can be helpful, having an app to serve as a reminder adds another layer of reassurance.
Additionally, certain apps and web services track medical history and care providers so that everyone can be on the same page with up-to-date health information.
Living Their Best Life at Home
Technology can help many seniors and their caregivers to live safely and comfortably. Having the support of a qualified and compassionate caregiver means peace of mind and improved well-being for your loved one. Reach out to us today to find out more about our home care solutions.