How Technology is Enhancing the Lives of Seniors

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The past decade saw a rapid development of science and technology which affected us all, young and old alike. Things deemed impossible before are now common parts of our lives.

Some of these technologies have enhanced the lives of seniors like you and me.

For example is Ed, a 70 yr-old, an old friend. He has mobility problems that make traveling almost impossible. But with technology, he can travel around the world from the comforts of his home. Virtual reality (VR) has made that possible.

This technology allows Ed to immerse himself in a virtual world. He can do things, go places, explore, discover or engage in battle without leaving the comforts of his home. It mimics touch, taste, smell, vision, and hearing of the real world.

Aside from creating a make-believe world, it can also be used to enhance the lives of seniors in the real world, such as reduce feelings of isolation, chronic pains, anxiety, and depression.

And if you are horny, engage in VR lustful sex. 

Technology has also come up with countless products to enhance the lives of seniors like pendants that monitor falls, phones for the hearing-impaired, and gadgets so patients can exchange vital data with their doctors, etc.

These are just a few gadgets which a lot of seniors are already using. These technologies enhance their lives in several ways such as:

 

o   Independence:
A lot of seniors want to have a sense of independence in their retirement. They want to be left alone, do things by themselves without the help of others or family.

Age-related problems, however, often threaten or curtail this need.

Thanks to technology, they are able to regain some of it, if not all. It allows them to shop, buy groceries, make reservations, socialize, meet new friends online.

It makes them feel self-sufficient and capable.

 

o  Socialization: 
Getting in touch with family, friends, former classmates and co-workers has become so easy with the current level of communication technology.

You can easily send messages through email, SMS, voice or video in real time and at a fraction of a cost a few years back.

It can keep away loneliness and isolation which are the main causes of mental health issues in seniors who live alone.

 

o  Safety:
Safety is a major concern among seniors because they are prone to home accidents. They are frail, have poor eyesight and balance.

Because of this, seniors have more risk of falls than younger adults. In fact, falls are the leading cause of home accidents involving seniors. It is estimated that 1 in 3 Americans aged 65 and above experience a fall every year, leading to hospitalization.

To help minimize this risk, technology has come up with products to prevent, if not minimize falls.

One such product senses if you are off balance and prompts you to do something to avoid falling.

Then there are fall detectors that signal rescue personnel in case you have a fall.

To help locate you if you wander off from your regular routes, are devices that track your whereabouts in real time.

 

o  Health:
Health issues are a natural consequence of aging. Roughly 59% of people aged 65 and above have health problems, according to statistics. The most common are arthritis, diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.

These illnesses require medications, lots of it, that can be confusing to you, making you forget some of them.

Now there are cell phone apps to help you remember what medication to take and when, and gadgets that dispense them. Cool, right?

Then there are wearables that monitor your heart rate, blood pressure, and other vital signs, and devices to aid memory and other emergency response systems that alert family members, carers or hospital in case of emergencies.

In 2010, nearly 1/3 of all seniors live alone, and this figure is expected to increase as more and more people retire each year, with the majority of them wanting to grow old at home near their families and friends.

Nearness, however, does not mean dependence or interference. They still want to live their own lives and enjoy their retirement days their way.

These devices are handy especially to those with physical and mental disabilities.

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Can Elderly People do without Computers

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Elderly Geek

No, you cannot do without computers – unless you shut yourself from the rest of the world in the middle of an Alaskan wilderness with no power, use wood for cooking and heating and you hunt for food.

Otherwise, you cannot get by without it or, at the very least, one of its “cousins,” like tablets, smartphones, wrist instruments, health monitors, home security systems, microwave oven and many other day-to-day personal gadgets that have become parts of your home.

Your life, as well as ours, has been enslaved by the computing power of the IC (Integrated Circuit), the heart of all computers. Even if you suffer from cyberphobia (fear of computers), your day is still dependent on computers or any of its variants.

For example, my coffee buddies can’t comprehend why my laptop goes with me everywhere.Yet, they spend most of their coffee time checking their emails, react in FB, send tweets, or listen to MP3s through their smartphones.

The computer has become an indispensable tool in our daily lives. It is here to stay and will continue to do so into the distant future. You cannot do without computers or any of its cousins, and if you want to keep up with other seniors (and the rest of the world), you should get into it right now.

The charts below leave no doubt why…

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Computer Use Among Seniors

Elderly people now are more tech-savvy than their predecessors. They go online for the latest trends and news, gadgets, weather reports, book airline ticket or restaurant and hotel reservations. They buy stuff online and look for a second chance at romance through dating sites

Other than its practical uses, here are ten other reasons why you should keep up.

 

10 Ways Computers can Help You:

1.  Connect with family members and friends:
Getting in touch with family members and friends has never been so easy, fast and cheap. You can send messages through text, voice and/or video.

And you can do them in the comfort of your home or anywhere in the world. All you need is an Internet connection. No frills, no hassle, just log in and you get connected.

It removes loneliness and feelings of isolation. It also allows you to get immediate help in case of emergencies.

 

2.  Slow down age-related decline:
Regularly getting information online enriches your mind, helps you stay sharp and mentally alert, and physically active.

These simple activities, as small as they are, help slow down cognitive decline – one of the natural consequences of aging.

 

3.  Enhance your life:
Some studies show that people who regularly use the computer have lesser depression symptoms than those who don’t.

This is because going online is as enriching as going on a trip or an adventure. You get to know places, people, and culture without actually being there. It expands your knowledge and boosts your self-worth.

 

4.  Increase your self-confidence:
The knowledge you get from browsing the Internet increases your knowledge base, allowing you to interact with your social circle with ease and finesse.

Other than becoming more socially adept, computers and computer-based products like fall detectors, health monitors, wrist instruments, locators and emergency dialing capabilities, give you the self-confidence of going about your daily activities without anxiety or fear of something going wrong.

 

5.  Better bonding with grandchildren:
What do most children do these days? Play computer games! They are in front of computer game consoles at home, glued to their smartphones or tablets outside, or hang out in arcades shooting down virtual monsters or aliens.

And what’s to stop you from joining them? Cool, huh!

Speaking the language of your grandchildren and playing with them promotes bonding. It is also good for your physical and mental health.

Just don’t overdo it. Overexcitement may not be good for your old heart.

 

6.  Help solve mobility problems:
Computers, well above and beyond expectations, have made life easier, faster and cheaper.

They allow you to pay bills online, do bank transactions, buy groceries or personal stuff, make hotel, restaurant or flight reservations, to name a few.

This is kind of basket-full of goods if you suffer from mobility or driving problems.

 

7.  Automate records keeping:
You can get rid of those handwritten notes, i.e., your health history, your bank transactions, you next doctor’s appointment, drugs you are taking and when to take them, by using computers.
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There are apps (electronic applications) in the market that can do all these, ether from desktops or portable, like laptops, smartphones and tablets.

All you have to do is encode all your important information into your computer and the apps will do the rest. They will even beep you a reminder.

 

8.  Get connected with other people or groups:
You can easily reach people or groups with similar interests, idealism, political color, sexual orientation, etc., online.

They are found in FB, Twitter, Instagram and many other social sites. Joining is easy and interacting with them even easier. All you have to do is take part the in the group’s discussion

What makes this kind of getting-to-know-you setup great is that you can voice out your thoughts and opinions over a wide range of issues, yet remain anonymous.

 

9.  Find a new romance:
If you are looking for another chance at romance but is a bit shy about, join dating sites.

They are as popular as any health and fitness site and as widely-visited, too. Millions of men and women gather around these sites looking for the same thing as you.

These sites can provide you with a virtually all kinds of women to choose from. All you have to do is send a “friendship request” to start the ball rolling. If she accepts, then you are off to a possibly wonderful ride.

There is no guarantee of success, though. The Internet is the hunting ground of scammers, psychotics, losers, and online thieves. So don’t rush into a relationship like a boy on his first crush. While there are success stories, there are also tragedies.

 

10.  Earn supplemental income:
Computers have redefined work. Whereas it was a home-to-office-and- back routine before, now you can do it at home or anywhere.

You can now “work” while basking on a tropical beach or flying from one country to the next. You can work in a bus, a train, or in your pajamas at home.

There are thousands of ways to earn a living through your computer..

In 1973, roughly three years after the first computers were used in the office, an article titled, “Computers and Technology: Aiding Tomorrow’s Aged,” was published in a periodical called, The Gerontologist.”

The article wrote in part…

“The powerless and helpless feeling of the aged is due not only to increasing infirmity but to society’s failure to set up institutions and systems that make it possible for the elderly to overcome the handicaps they have…An elderly person’s maximum amount of ability to care for himself/herself would save society huge sums of money.”

Still skeptical why you cannot do with computers?

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