Not too long ago, many of our elderly parents and grandparents shied away from new technology complaining that it was too complicated to use or that it didn’t make their lives any easier. For the most part, they were right. There were plenty of young people who felt the same way but still embraced the new trends in technology because that was “the thing todo”.
Now that technology has advanced to the point that it is easier to use and that it does actually improve our lives, there is an increasingly popular trend among the older generation where we are seeing an increased use of technology. From innovative smartphones and wearables, to home automation products, modern technology is improved and people are taking note.
Benefits of Technology For Seniors
So why is technology becoming increasingly popular among the older generation? What are the benefits of technology that is making so many people change their views on the latest smart devices? Let’s take a look:
Technology provides safety- Living alone can make anyone feel unsafe at times, especially those who aren’t able to move about as easily as others. Knowing that help is accessible via technology can make seniors feel more at ease and give them the independence to live on their own longer. Many of today’s smartphones have built-in GPS locators which can help emergency personnel find the user if they get confused and lost.
Technology provides medication management and health tracking- there are many smartphone apps that seniors can use to keep track of their medications, track their health and avoid common medical errors. With many older adults taking multiple pills on a daily basis, apps including RemindMe or Personal Caregiver can help remind them when to take their meds and which meds to take.
Cloud based apps can track your health and send important medical information to your doctor or specialist or family members, providing alerts if certain figures aren’t what they should be.
Technology provides a social connection- just like everyone else, the older generation likes to keep in touch with family and friends, even if they are located all over the world. Using social media apps such as Facebook, they can find old friends, share photos and stories with family and make new friends. Technology has made it easier for anyone to connect with people anywhere in the world, day or night.
Technology provides exercise- From mobile apps on smartphones, to video gaming systems that offer custom tailored workouts that match any level of fitness, technology has made it easy for us to get in shape and stay in shape without having to leave the house and go to the gym.
Seniors embracing technology is a fast growing trend that will continue as long as manufacturers provide easy to use tech devices that offer a wide range of features and benefits designed to make life easier and a lot more fun.
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