Seniors and Technology
Technology isn’t just for the younger generation. Elderly seniors can utilize new features to help them live safe and efficient lives. As technology continues to improve, it is becoming more affordable and easier to use. Three popular ways technology can be a benefit for seniors include voice assistants, home applications, and virtual doctors. Read on to learn more about these modern conveniences.
Seniors with a new year’s resolution to use technology more frequently can start with the smartphone they already own. By saying “Hey Siri” on an iPhone or “OK Google” on an Android, users can ask their device to complete simple tasks on their behalf. For example, they could ask to know the weather or to have an alarm set. Users can also ask their device to compose a text message by speaking the words they want to send and allowing their phone to transcribe it. Wireless smart speakers such as Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple HomePod provide similar features. Technology is constantly improving, so using these devices has become more convenient and dependable.
Smart Home Applications
Many home features such as the smart thermostat or automatic light switches hook up to applications that can be accessed on a smartphone or tablet. One personal, handheld device can now control light bulbs, home alarms, sprinklers, and garages. Seniors are able to set up routines. For example, sprinklers can be set to go off at the same time each day, and the lights turn on at night while they are out of town. These features can be customized as much or as little as needed.
Virtual Doctors and Telemedicine
Telemedicine is becoming popular among all ages. Using a smartphone or tablet, patients can schedule an appointment with or wait for the next available doctor. This can especially be helpful for seniors who have limited mobility. Some platforms even allow users to message their health professionals in a chat feature.
The Arbors Assisted Living is a community that encourages seniors to participate in activities that may involve the use of new technologies. Participating in activities and learning how to use new technologies can help them feel independent as well as help improve their overall health and well-being. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help your loved one live their best senior life.