6 New Tech Solutions For Seniors
In this digital world, it’s easy for seniors to be overwhelmed by new technology. Whether they have a smartphone, laptop, or desktop computer, there are many new resources being created today that can help seniors feel more connected, healthy, and safe in Overland Park and Kansas City, KS, and beyond.
SeniorCare Homes makes it a point to educate others about the benefits of today’s technology so seniors can ultimately benefit. Here are a few examples of these technologies below.
1. Social Media Websites
This is likely the most common form of technology among seniors. Websites such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest allow people to connect with close friends and family members. If your senior is not signed up on social media yet, offer to help them set up an account. Once they enter a name and photo, they can begin making connections right away. Seniors who are more tech-savvy can also upload their own photos and posts.
2. Video Chat Services
No technology can really replace human interaction, but sometimes it can be hard to communicate if you live far away. Video chat apps such as Skype make conversations possible every day, even to family members who live out of state. Best of all, a video chat service allows your senior to see the face and hear the voice of someone they love. Similar to a social media website, you can sign up your senior for a free Skype account.
3. GPS Tracking and Other Devices
Some devices make living with a senior safer. For example, a Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) is a way for individuals to call for help quickly with the push of a button. Others who suffer from advanced Alzheimer’s disease can get a GPS tracking device to monitor their location at all times. Both devices give families peace of mind in an emergency situation.
4. Video Games
Don’t knock video games as a form of healthy exercise for seniors. One popular trend is to get Nintendo’s Wii sports games, which come with many opportunities to get up and move around in the safety of their living room. Some popular games include golf, bowling, and tennis.
5. Recreational Apps
Mental exercise can be just as essential as physical. There are literally hundreds of options that include Tetris, trivial pursuit, Mahjong, and others. Once they are set up with a game, they can even challenge their kids and grandkids through the app.
6. Health Tracking
Smartphone apps are not just fun and games. For instance, you can use apps to remind your senior when to take their pills, preventing medication errors. Some online tools simplify the process of health tracking by helping caretakers organize their physician contacts, doctors’ appointments, and relevant health documentation.
About SeniorCare Homes
At SeniorCare Homes coverage area of Overland Park and Kansas City, KS, we offer comfortable assisted living environments to seniors living with dementia, memory loss, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s. We value today’s technology and how it can make senior care easier, for both them and their caretakers. If you would like to learn more about our personalized services and residential homes, reach out to our team for more information.