The days of asking one’s kids to program the universal remote are pretty much behind us. Seniors these days are embracing the latest and greatest in mobile gadgets and digital devices. Gone are the days of home-recorded VHS tapes that get devoured by the broken and hungry VCR. Nowadays we instead have on-demand video conferencing with our loved ones.
While we all love a bit of nostalgia, today’s technological advancements make it easier to stay connected to loved ones. And that’s a major blessing. Of course, there’s more to modern tech than just Facetime. Here are some things we think more seniors should embrace.
1. Smartphones and Tablets.
We already mentioned one of the biggest and best benefits to devices like these: video calling. That’s the obvious thing. Not only can you call your kids and grandkids, you can see them, too. These devices come with a plethora of other great features though.
Smart devices can be used to store photographs, play music, access books and reference materials, and so much more. You can set up medication and other reminders and track health and nutritional needs, too.
2. Wireless Internet
If you don’t have an unlimited data plan for your devices, you’ll likely want to use wi-fi. The good news is it’s not hard to get set up. Plus, most nursing homes, cafes, and public locales offer it for free, too.
3. Video Games
Whether played on a TV, computer, or mobile device, gaming has been shown to be incredibly beneficial. Games can improve mental agility and cognition, for starters. Some physically-interactive games and devices can even help you stay fit, too. Plus, it’s a great way to bond with grandchildren or interact with others in a virtual social environment.
4. Fitness and Health Trackers
There are lots of smartphone and tablet apps to help track fitness goals and monitor one’s health. Additionally, there are wearable devices that can keep track of all sorts of things, including your heartrate.
5. Smart Home Devices
Assistive devices can be really useful in maintaining one’s independence and safety. From providing home monitoring to simply making tasks easier, the possibilities are becoming endless. Many devices exist for simple things like controlling the lights or temperature.
Some are also capable of more complex tasks like dispensing medication, feeding pets, or securing door locks. There are even devices that can assist in emergencies, whether through the use of sensors or voice activation.