Technology is for Seniors Too!February 11, 2019
Technology isn't just for millennials and younger adults! It's for older adults, too; in fact, technology can have great benefits for seniors and aging adults. Let’s explore these benefits and highlight a list of senior-friendly technology and apps.
Benefits of Technology for Seniors
How can technology benefit seniors, making their lives easier, safer, and even more engaging? Here are just a few of the pros:
- Increased social connection
- Improved communication with loved ones who live far away
- More opportunities for lifelong learning and mental stimulation
- Greater physical fitness
- Improved physical safety and emergency response
There are so many different types of technology to choose from! However, we've consulted the sources and have hand-picked a list of senior-friendly technology devices and apps to feature.
If your senior loved one is living in assisted living or in a separate state, there's nothing they love more than hearing from their loved ones. Now, with apps like Skype or FaceTime, we can make that phone call even more rewarding by adding video! Next time you visit your loved one, show them how to use Skype or FaceTime. Then make a date for your first video chat. Being able to see you while you catch up over the phone will make them feel even closer to you.
FitBit: Get Motivated to Stay Active!
As the saying goes, "You can't improve what you can't measure." Get motivated to stay more active by tracking how many steps you take each day! Set a daily goal and get to stepping! There are many different types of wearable fitness devices out there, some of which even track your heart rate and your sleep. FitBit is a very popular brand among seniors but there are certainly other options out there, like the Apple Watch.
A Senior-Friendly Cell Phone
While smartphones have lots of different types of capabilities, they're not always easy for seniors to use. Lifewire has put together a list of the 8 best cell phones for senior citizens to buy, all of which have larger buttons easy-to-access speed dial functions and emergency dialing.
Medical Alert Systems
Companies like MobileHelp or GreatCall offer phones wearable devices and other products that function as medical alert systems and GPS tracking systems. These products can help to detect falls, providing real-time medical monitoring location tracking and quick emergency response and assistance.
Here at Blue Harbor Senior Living, all of our communities offer many different activities for mental stimulation. Lifelong learning and continued intellectual stimulation are important—and fun!
We hope that you found these tips to be helpful! While human connection can never be replaced, it's great when technology can be used to help keep seniors safer, happier, and healthier. If you'd like more senior health and living tips and insights be sure to stay updated on the health and wellness section of our blog.
Have additional questions about senior living? Our True Blue team is here to help! Just reach out to us and we’d love to set up a time to talk in more detail.
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