In our modern age, we have a variety of tools at our disposal and technology is one of them. Our advanced technology has paved the way for many things including medical equipment, communication devices, entertainment, and so on. When it comes to senior care, there are many things that families and caregivers can use to make sure their senior loved one is emotionally, mentally, and physically healthy. In this month’s blog, we discuss the benefits of technological devices and services that seniors can use.
Video Chatting Apps
Staying connected to loved ones is extremely important when it comes to mental health. Often times, seniors may experience feelings of loneliness and isolation – especially if they live separately from family. Nowadays, there are numerous free video chatting apps that are easily accessible and can instantly connect anyone around the world. Having that virtual connection can boost your senior loved one’s mood and overall well-being.
Tablets and E-Readers
Tablets and E-Readers are a great source of entertainment and are highly valuable due to their convenience, portability, and accommodating features. Tablets have large screens that are suitable for watching videos, video chatting, and playing games. On the other hand, E-Readers are perfect for book lovers that want simpler controls and features. These devices provide access to millions of books, magazines, and news articles while also allowing text size adjustment and text-to-speech options for seniors who have limited vision.
Video Game Consoles
Gaming is heavily associated with the younger generation but seniors can also greatly benefit from playing video games and have fun at the same time! Video games that require critical thinking like puzzles or strategy games helps keep the mind stimulated and assist in memory retention. It also enhances problem-solving skills while being a source of entertainment.
Casual fitness video games are also an excellent option for seniors to stay fit and active in the comfort of their home. Video game consoles like the Nintendo Wii and the Nintendo Switch have games – such as Wii Sports and Just Dance – that are interactive, usually require minimal movement, and are not intense. Seniors can play these games using the wireless controllers while keeping their body moving. Regular physical activity helps maintain muscles, coordination, balance, and strength.
Fitness Trackers and Medical Alert Systems
Fitness trackers are wearable devices that double as a wristwatch and come with various features such as heart rate tracking, calories burned, number of steps, sleep monitoring, and more. These trackers can provide helpful insight on how active seniors are and their health. While it shouldn’t be used as an absolute resource when it comes to health monitoring, fitness trackers can provide supplemental insight and data.
Another useful wearable device is a medical alert system. They can come in the form of a necklace or wristband and are used in emergencies. If seniors fall or are experiencing any sudden health issues, they can quickly press the alert button to call immediate medical attention and assistance. Advanced medical alert systems also include built-in fall detection, GPS, medical monitoring, and much more.
As you can see, there are many types of technological devices out there that can be highly beneficial to a senior’s life and health. Other than technology, professional senior care services are also available to assist in a person’s everyday life. Here at Home Instead Senior Care, we take pride in providing personalized care for seniors while accommodating their needs. Learn more by visiting our website.