Technology Devices Live-alone Seniors Must Have
About 10 live-alone seniors die each day in the U.S. They die not from any existing medical conditions but from loneliness and isolation.
On the practical side, you may say that it is their time. But I am sure that you don’t want to be among the ten. You want to live a little longer, enjoy life a little more.
We all do. So does technology. That’s why the market is awash with technology devices to allow seniors to do just that.
These are the most practical for you:
1. Hearing Aids:
If you have to strain your ears during conversations or constantly ask a repetition of what has just been said to you, then it’s time to use a hearing aid.
Hearing loss is part of growing old. Learn to accept, then blend in by using a hearing aid.
Today’s hearing aids are far different than those bulky gadgets in the past. They are so tiny they can easily tuck into or behind your ear. And they are wireless, yet with sharp sound sensitivity.
Be a part of an exciting yet noisy world again by wearing a hearing aid.
2. Internet Connection:
This is not a gadget but something almost all technology gadgets cannot do without.
Your smartphone, tablet, iPad or home monitoring systems need an Internet connection to optimize their functions.
So get connected to the Internet if you want to get the most out of all your technology devices.
You are severely handicapping yourself if you don’t have a smartphone – even the most basic model.
Smartphones are computers in your pocket. They are small and lightweight, yet packed with functions to manage your day-to-day affairs easily.
You can send and receive emails, send and receive text messages, brown the Internet, take and send photos, or manage your appointments.
Some models have a GPS to track your movements and if you put in the appropriate software, can help you control any monitoring system you have in place in your home.
4. Tablet or iPad:
Before you get lost in the translation (or definition), a tablet is a personal computer which may or may not have a touch-screen or a keyboard, while an iPad is a tablet made by Apple. Both are smaller than a notebook computer but larger than a smartphone.
Both can promote brain fitness through computer games and puzzles, allow you to monitor your health, listen to music, watch movies online, take and view photos, video chat with family and friends and more.
Tablets and iPads have adjustable font size for easy reading. They are lightweight and portable making them an excellent companion anywhere.
5. Video and Computer Games:
I don’t play video or computer games because I have other means to make up for my not benefiting from them.
But you can and must if you don’t have other means of driving away loneliness or feeling isolated.
Video and computer games have proven to help slow down cognitive decline, improve mental health, and promote social interaction. They can even enhance your physical health and well-being.
6. Skype or Viber:
Skype or Viber is not a device but a program you can download from the Internet, free.
It is a must-have for seniors because it allows easy and fast communications, char or video, between you and your family, friends, or former work associates. You can even use it to establish an online romance with people from the opposite sex.
It is so easy to download into your desktop, laptop of mobile devices.
7. Health Tracking Software:
This, too, is not a device but a software you can upload into your computer or mobile devices.
This is very important especially if you have some health issues that require close monitoring.
It monitors your vital signs like heartbeat, and blood pressure. It reminds you to take your necessary medications, nutritional needs, and other items related to your health and wellness.
Some models send signals to hospitals, carers or emergency personnel in case you need help.
8. Home and Personal Monitoring Systems:
Roughly 12 million Americans 65 and above live alone. The main reason for their living arrangement preference is to maintain their sense of independence.
Independence, however, does not come free. They pay for it in terms of having no one to help them move around to attend to their needs or in case of emergencies.emergencies.
To improve their odds of living comfortably and safely, technology has come up with various products and systems to this end.
There are systems that detect smoke or fire, prevents home invasions, dim the lights for comfortable sleeping, control the temperature, sense falls, or shut-off gas ovens.
There are wearables to monitor heart beat and blood pressure, balance, location, and schedule medications.
They can all be controlled through a mobile device to rule out memory lapses and sends out emergency signals if help is needed.
9. Tech glasses for seniors?
As unbelievable as it may seem, there are technology glasses for the legally blind.
Legal blindness is defined as a visual acuity of 20/200 or worse in the best-seeing eye and the peripheral vision is limited to 20 degrees.
While there are 5.5 million elderly people in the U.S. who are either blind or visually impaired, nothing is said whether they are legally blind or not.
Those who are can make use of the ESight 3 to help them see again.
Aging, together with the changes that come with it, is not optional. We all grow old, affecting our ability to do some of the things we used to do with ease.
Technology, however, has changed the way people age. It has stepped in to provide very useful gadgets to make you live your waning years in relative comfort, ease, and safety.
Please be good to other seniors by sharing this with them. Your help is invaluable to have less access to technology.