Millions of Baby Boomers and aging seniors will live longer than ever before – and in the era of the smartphone, the cloud, video updates, and social media…technology will increasingly play a huge role for this elderly generation.
From improved quality of living to the ability to stay independent longer, the very word that once seemed like a hands-off set of tools is now becoming integral to our parents and grandparents.
Today’s Boomers are learning more about tech tools from family and friends and are beginning to embrace technology like the iPhone and iPad, photo organizing and digital organizing software, and even ride-sharing services and self-driving cars. Not only is technology making the impossible possible for seniors, it can help your loved ones stay connected to family, too, so they don’t suffer as acutely from the detrimental effects of loneliness and isolation.
Do you have a senior in your life that could benefit from technology? Here are three tech advances that will enhance and simplify the life of a 21st century senior in your life. All you have to do is introduce them to it!
Technology to Enhance Senior Living
We live in a photo-saturated age. Never before have we taken or exchanged so many pictures. Often, however, our favorite seniors are left out of the loop of our photo updates if they don’t maintain social media profiles.
Digital photo frames are one of the best gifts you can give to great Grandma this Christmas. Cloud-based frames like NixPlay allow you to send your latest pictures to a family member’s frame with the touch of a button, thanks to their easy to use app. Imagine the joy of sending new pictures directly to a loved one’s digital frame, even from across the state or country. Seniors who reside in assisted facility homes will love showing off their newest photos to their friends.
As seniors get older, it’s common to experience forgetfulness or confusion. This is an especially troubling issue if your family member is struggling with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Trackr is a compact, coin-sized device that helps you find lost items. Particularly helpful for commonly misplaced things like keys and phones, this product will save you time and sanity when looking for that perpetually lost television remote.
Has Grandpa lost his phone? Press the button on your TrackR device and the phone will ring, even on silent mode. TrackR’s Crowd GPS Network even updates you of your item’s location on a map if you misplaced it away from home.
Uber has revolutionized the world of public transportation by allowing everyday people to use their personal vehicles as temporary taxis. It’s safe, affordable, and available in hundreds of cities around the world. This is a game-changer for senior mobility. Taking dad’s keys is one of the hardest things an adult child has to do and it’s a decision that millions will be forced to make in the coming years.
Uber is now partnering with senior centers in select cities to provide training and cheaper rates to residents. Programs like these will be priceless in the coming years as thousands of seniors have will make the tough choice to give up their keys.
Technology Helps Seniors Stay Independent
Americans are living longer than ever – and staying independent longer than our ancestors would have ever believed. As our society begins to feel the challenge of this Boomer senior shift, it’s important that we help them master technologies that will make their lives easier and ours too!
Technology advances like the ones mentioned above help our elderly loved ones stay mobile, independent, and connected which improves their quality of life exponentially.
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