Top Technology Tools for Older Adults
The internet has been an integral part of our lives for the better part of a quarter of a century. So, yes, if you do the math, it came on the scene when today’s active adults were young…or at least young-ish. The stereotypical image of retirees scratching their heads in confusion when faced with the wonders of the world wide web is more fiction than fact, more reminiscent of the previous generation.
The majority of today’s seniors have at least a working knowledge of computers and smartphones. So, the issue is not computer literacy per se. It’s more a matter of being unfamiliar with all the new and amazing ways technology can enhance this stage of life.
Check out these examples of technology for seniors. Maybe one or more of these options is exactly what you need to streamline this chapter of your life.
Retiring to a new city? Or moving to a new unfamiliar neighborhood? Don’t leave home without your Global Positioning System (GPS). Whether it’s a standalone unit or an app on your phone, your GPS will guarantee you always get where you’re going—without getting lost on the way. It’s simple to operate. Just key in the address of your destination and listen to the step by step directions.
Skype or Facetime
These video apps are just what grandma and grandpa need to stay connected to out of town family. Once you see the faces of those precious grandkids, the distance will melt away and you can easily be a part of their lives from the sofa in your active adult community. It truly is the next best thing to being there.
Take the guesswork out of your active adult fitness program by wearing a bracelet monitor that lets you know you are on target with your exercise or getting enough sleep.
There are several different variations of medication monitors that can help those who live alone manage their own care. Systems will alert users when it’s time to take medicines and repeat the alert if the medication is not taken within a certain time frame. There are also options that connect to your smartphone and can be pre-programmed to call an emergency contact if necessary.
If you no longer drive, or don’t always want to drive, downloading a ride-sharing app like Lyft onto your smartphone can be seriously life-changing. Instead of having to depend on children or a friend for transportation, you can get around on your own terms. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll love the convenience and independence. This technology comes in especially handy when you and other members of your active adult community want to organize an outing and would prefer socializing rather than focusing on the road.
When it comes to technology for seniors, it’s all about wading through the maze of choices and finding the devices and apps that accommodate individual lifestyle needs. From managing meds to monitoring physical exertion to keeping in touch with the grandkids, life-changing technological innovations are at your fingertips—yours for the downloading.