There are devices that can actually help you stay healthy and independent/ In our 21st-century world, technology is woven into every part of our lives. For older adults or those caring for loved ones, the realm of devises and technological tools that can help with maintaining Independence and a good quality of life is growing every day. Here is a sampling of just some of the many gadgets that can make life easier and more enriching for older adults living independently:
Tablets and e-readers: With screens that are larger than smart phone and portability that desktop computers lack, tablets like pads – when connected to Wi-Fi, can help older adults easily access their bank accounts, health records and other information that helps them manage their daily lives. They also provide a handy way to surf the wen and stay connected with friends and family through social networking sites like Facebook and through video chatting platforms like Skype or Google Hangout, helping ward off feelings of loneliness and isolation. E-readers like Kindles and Nooks are lightweight, have the ability to make words appear larger and can provide a virtual library of books, magazines and other reading materials at the touch of a fingertip.
Smart Speakers: Like having a virtual assist who does what you say, smart speakers like the Amazon Echo and Google Home devices also use a wi-fi connection. Users give voice commands to make the devices play music, set timers, make lists, get the weather, control connected devices such as thermostats and lights, order products from select retailers, turn on and off televisions and much more.
Video Gaming Consoles: By playing video games, older adults can flex their mental muscles, help their memory and stimulate their minds. Devices like Nintendo, Wiis, which virtually mimic playing sports and doing exercises, can help with maintaining physical activity.
Healthcare Related Devices: Older adults can benefit from having medication-dispensing systems that remind users to take their medicine with alerts sent if a dose is missed. Battery-powered devises called Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS), or Medical Emergency Response Systems, typically can be carried in a pocket or worn around the neck or wrist, and allow the user to call for emergency help with the press of a button. Vital health date such as someone’s heart rate, oxygen levels and blood pressure can be measured and collected through wearable health monitoring sensors. Wireless enabled wearable device trackers like Fitbits that are worm on wristbands can help older adults and caregivers measure daily physical fitness, such as steps walked or climbed, sleep quality and heart rate.
Embrace the attitude that technology is your friend. Explore how the ever-growing number of assistive devices available can help you or a loved on remain independent at home with less worry and more fulfillment.