It is now easier than ever for people of any age to access technology. From e-learning for children to senior care such as keeping track of daily health and well-being, technology is helping to make everyday tasks easier. Though the introduction of new technology can sometimes be intimidating, the benefits often shine through. An example being technological innovations targeted to assist seniors. What are some of these benefits? Let’s take a look.
Benefits of Seniors Using Technology
Technology can assist seniors with day-to-day tasks which may be otherwise challenging for them to complete. In doing so, it facilitates better longevity and overall health and wellness. But wait, there’s more!
Seniors are at risk of experiencing loneliness and social isolation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that long-term social isolation in seniors can significantly increase risks of premature death, dementia, depression, anxiety and suicide. One way to combat social isolation and prevent its chronic consequences is through technology. With tools such as social media, connectivity and socialisation has never been this easy. Tablets and smartphones allow for remote socialisation among those with mobility issues, and can make socialisation more accessible for seniors with vision or hearing loss.
Safety & Well-being
Technology such as Senior Care Management Systems have made it possible for family members to ensure the well-being and safety of seniors. Senior Care Centres that implement such a system make it possible for caregivers to reach out to and check in on seniors remotely. Family members are also able to receive digital updates on their loved ones regarding vitals such as their health condition, mood, activity schedule, and diet from the centre. The ability to keep track of and communicate this data provides family members with peace of mind regarding seniors’ safety and well-being
There are now more and more entertainment options curated for older individuals. Smart devices that provide exercise routines, classes, games, movies, even digital hobbies give seniors access to resources that can boost their emotional and mental wellness. Such technology often incorporates an intuitive user interface with larger fonts and fewer buttons which better assist seniors in navigating the technology.
Exercise and Health Tracking
Maintaining physical health is important at any age, but particularly so for seniors. Senior health tracking tools and applications can help track important bio-information such as activities, medication schedules, medical history, health conditions, and other important data. Other applications may also promote daily exercise and mobility by tracking steps and issuing reminders to get active.
With a little help from caregivers, family members, and senior care professionals, embracing new and assistive technology can be the key to greater comfort, health, and overall well-being for our seniors.