January 31, 2015
5 Ways Technology Can Enhance the Lives of Seniors
Seniors can utilize technology to enhance their lives.
There’s no avoiding it; technology is everywhere. Many golden agers steer clear of it, but we would argue that there are several applications of technology that they should not only stop avoiding, but embrace. Sure, the boom in technology may have people these days more likely to type an email than send a heartfelt handwritten note, but it’s not all bad. Take a look at these five ways in which seniors can utilize technology to enhance their life:
- Use search engines – These marvelous websites put the world at your fingertips to allow for lifelong learning. If you can’t recall the author of that treasured novel or want to learn more about the president the year you were born, all you have to do is open up an internet browser and type in a few words. It’s one more excuse to never stop learning.
Try: Google, Bing, or Yahoo
- Enroll in a movie subscription service – Make use of one of the many services that allow for unlimited movie rentals or even streaming (i.e. instantly playing a movie) right on your home computer. You can indulge in a trip down memory lane with an Audrey Hepburn film or a classic TV show from your youth. Or, keep up with the newest releases right on your couch. Online movie services are an excellent way to enhance your leisure lifestyle and encourage some happy reminiscence.
Try: Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime
- Get an emergency alert system – Thanks to this technological development, the push of a button could save your life.
It’s mind boggling that one little pendant can alert emergency personnel to find you and come to your rescue in a time of need, but that’s one piece of technology too simple to argue with.
Try: Medical Guardian, Alert1, or LifeFone
- Make video calls – So you can’t make it out to your grandson’s graduation? Don’t mope around, make a free video call and don’t miss a beat! Chances are that a family member at the event will have a smartphone or tablet on them and can dial you in so you’ll feel like you’re at the event even though you’re safe at home. Make yourself a free account and start calling.
Try: Skype, Google Hangouts, or Tango
- Put your GPS to work – Whether it’s on a smartphone, tablet, or handheld device, anyone can take comfort in having a back up to provide directions and get you where you’re going if you lose your way. Whether you’re out walking downtown looking for that coffee shop where you’re meeting a buddy or driving to an appointment at a new clinic – you can pull over and instantly pull up turn-by-turn directions.
Try: Google Maps, Mapquest, or a Garmin system
Join the conversation! How have you or a loved one found that technology can improve your quality of life? Leave a reply below and let us know.