It’s no mystery that technological advancements have helped seniors in a number of ways, from improvements in hearing aids to being able to get to the second level of their homes simply by sitting in a chair and pressing a button. These advancements continue to move forward, allowing families to take comfort knowing their loved ones can age in place through the utilization of technology. There are a plethora of choices available, and what it really boils down to is what seniors feel most comfortable using with their home care serivces.
Stay Engaged With Friends and Loved Ones
Using technology allows aging seniors to remain connected with their friends and loved ones for quick updates, as well as long conversation. This not only helps ward off depression, but it helps prevent feelings of isolation when aging in place. Here are some options:
- Touch screen computers: uses simplified options, as well as video chat.
- Presto Email Machine: offers emails without the need for a computer.
- Cell phones: many options offer larger number pads, amplified speakers, and no contract options.
Health and Wellness Maintenance
When aging in place, even when an in-home care provider is available, it can be difficult to maintain physical health and nutrition. However, through use of technology, this aspect of aging in place is less cumbersome. Here are some suggestions:
- Nutrition: meal planners and nutrition guides are available through apps on cell phones like Simple Meal Reminder, for example.
- Fitness: consider a gaming console like Xbox 360 or Wii Fit Plus that has interactive sports and fitness games.
- Mind: there are many brain games available on touch screen computers, as well as cell phones to help keep minds healthy.
Remaining Safe and Secure
It isn't uncommon for aging seniors to wander off or experience a fall. While families hope home care providers will be available around the clock, sometimes this isn't possible. In such cases, technology can come to the rescue. Here are some considerations:
- Personal Response Systems (Traditional): this is a charm or bracelet warn by aging seniors so that if an emergency occurs, they can press the button and officials are notified immediately. Emergencies include home invasions, fires, falls, or health issues. These systems are hard-wired in the home.
- Personal Response Systems (Mobile): this is a device worn by the aging senior, too, but it works inside and outside of the home.
- GPS: if an aging loved one becomes lost, this technology helps authorities track them.
Initially, there may be some resistance from aging loved ones when the topic of technology comes up. This is particularly true if they have never used technology before. However, as they become more and more exposed to these devices and advancements, the idea will become more appealing. It also helps if elder care providers use these pieces of technology with seniors as a means of showing them how simple and user-friendly they are. In addition to helping aging loved ones feel more comfortable with technology, it will also help further strengthen their bond with their senior care provider.
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