Whether you’re one to keep up to date with the latest gadgets or simply use technology devices on a needs-be basis, technology has rapidly become a part of everyday life.
While it’s not necessary to invest in every gadget out there, there are many devices that can deliver real benefits for seniors when it comes to health, wellbeing and social connectivity.
Tablets and iPads bring convenience to a whole new level and can be of huge value to seniors with reduced mobility. In comparison to laptops or desktop computers, they are portable, lightweight and compact. In addition, there are many features that make tablets user-friendly for seniors such as the ability to easily enlarge text and buttons, and alter screen brightness.
Once you get started, the sky is the limit! If you’re a devoted social media user, you can access your favourite social networking websites and if you’re an avid reader, you can download books, magazines and newspapers online. You can even replace your alarm clock, through your tablet’s setting – and that’s just the beginning!
Gone are the days of whipping out the map or index in the car. GPS trackers make navigation easy and eliminate the stress involved with driving to unknown destinations. It’s important to be as safe as you can on the road and GPS trackers provide audio instructions to avoid distractions, along with up-to-date reports on traffic conditions and estimated arrival times. It further guarantees that you are taking the most efficient route to your endpoint, therefore cutting fuel costs!
Robot vacuum cleaners
There are very few people in this world that would nominate vacuuming as their favourite household chore, let alone if it puts painful or uncomfortable pressure on their body.
Thankfully, there are many robot vacuum cleaners available on the market to do all the hard work for you. The iRobot Roomba is just one example, which is a hands-free cleaning device for any and all floor surfaces. The cleaner uses a sensor to determine its direction and doesn’t need supervision as it works its magic. It even directs itself back into the charging station when all the cleaning is complete.
Medicine reminder applications
Medicine reminder applications provide seniors with the independence to manage their own medicine schedules but with the support and security of a tracking device. There is a huge range of devices and applications available on the market – it just depends how much assistance is wanted or needed.
For example, the Medisafe Meds & Pill Reminder allows you to keep track of blood pressure, glucose and other measurements. You can get reminders for taking pills and receive constant tracking of your health progress.
Understandably, seniors face some unique challenges when it comes to adopting technology into daily life. Growing up in an age where it was not relied upon so heavily can make the learning process somewhat daunting. However, technology can deliver benefits that are second to none. It is absolutely worthwhile looking into what you need help with, and how technology can help you!