How Technology Can Help Seniors Stay Sharp Fit and HappyMarch 30, 2017 | Heritage Place
With new technological advances made nearly every day, seniors often feel intimidated by the sheer volume of devices and apps available at their fingertips. Unfortunately, many seniors shy away from using smartphones or tablets because they might see them as unnecessary and time consuming, but these very devices can actually increase their quality of life.
While some younger seniors have taken up Internet and cell phone use with ease, many older seniors are still hesitant to try new technology. At Heritage Place, we're more than happy to help our residents learn how to navigate new devices. With a bit of practice they can soon enjoy several benefits to their overall wellness such as:
- Greater connection to the outside world
- Increased communication with loved ones who don't live near our Utah community
- Mental stimulation
- Improved physical fitness
If seniors have a hard time making it to the library, an e-reader is a great way for them to store all their favorite books without taking up extra space in their home. The Amazon Kindle and other similar devices aren't backlit, and let users adjust the print size so they won't be as hard on the eyes for seniors.
All-in-one tablets like the Apple iPad present seniors with games, socialization, music, and more in a user-friendly and lightweight device. These can help seniors stay connected through social media or news, and mentally stimulated with fun brain games.
The Nintendo Wii offers seniors a way to increase their physical activity while having fun. This video game console engages the whole body through its sports and fitness games, giving seniors an easy way to improve their fitness. Plus, kids and teens love the Wii, too, so it provides a fun setting where both generations can interact with each other.
Our residents can practice using these devices together while enjoying our comfortable amenities such as lounges and courtyards. With a little time, we think they'll start to love technology as much as we do. If you're interested in seeing how seniors live at Heritage Place, schedule a tour of our community or contact us today.
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