Whether you love keeping up with technology trends or you have yet to explore today’s high-tech world, this is the year to really pay attention. There’s an abundance of technology for seniors that can improve quality of life and make such things as communication and medication management a lot easier. And when it comes to safety, embracing technology just might save your life. Here’s a sampling of devices that can enhance your life:
Can You Hear Me Now?
Over the last few years, there have been great advances in hearing aid technology. Gone are the days of bulky hearing aids sticking out of your ears and the loud hums of batteries that signal your hearing device to those around you. With such advances as Bluetooth technology, hearing aids have become more effective and smaller than ever before. Some can even be discreetly implanted inside the ear, so no one knows you’re using one.
A great alternative to a conventional phone line is Skype, which allows you to place video or audio-only phone calls, and make outgoing calls in the US for free. It’s a great way to watch your grandson perform a cartwheel or “meet” your grandaughter’s new puppy. For a small fee, you can even have your own incoming phone number. Skype works through an Internet connection on your desktop, laptop, smartphone, or tablet device, and it’s easy to use. Additionally, some smartphones feature a built-in video call option that allows you to see your loved ones when you can’t be with them.
Medication dispensers have advanced far beyond those plastic flip-top boxes you remember. Now you can use electronic devices that deliver your medications only at pre-scheduled times, helping to eliminate the risk of taking medication too early or accidentally taking a double dose.
Fall Detection at Home or On the Go
Medical alert devices have been around for many years, but the latest products, such as Philips Lifeline’s HomeSafe with AutoAlert, can detect a fall even if you are unable to press the button on your device.1 Plus, with the addition of GPS tracking to many medical alert systems, you can feel safe knowing that medical emergency assistance can find you even when you’re away from home.3
Gaming: Not Just for Kids Anymore
Believe it or not, the right kind of video game might actually improve your cognition. And, If you get a device such as a Wii Fit, you can play games and engage in exercises that improve your physical health. So now you have a good reason to spend some time playing video games with your grandchildren.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all the new gadgets and software applications coming out all the time. But if you embrace some of this great technology for seniors, you may soon find yourself wondering how you ever lived without it.