3 Ways Technology Benefits The Elderly

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When you read online portals on technology, it’s easy to assume that its advancements benefit the younger generation only. Although technology simplifies tasks, users need an intricate understanding of the steps involved. That is something older people may not have the time or interest for. It explains why nearly two million of the older population aged 75 years and over have deficits where digitisation is concerned. However, the elderly population has several benefits from technology and can age in style. Below are three benefits.

  1. Enhanced safety and health monitoring

More than ever, technology has set the pace in the healthcare industry. Many medical professionals rely on technology to improve healthcare, from treatment options to diagnosis and much more. These benefits have captured the older population, explaining the dramatic change in health management and self-monitoring. For instance, modern wearable devices like the smartwatch have features that monitor vital signs, especially during physical activity. These wearable devices send alerts to primary caregivers or a health professional assigned to an individual’s geriatric care. Some wearable devices help track medication schedules, a significant aspect of healthcare, particularly concerning patient safety. Statistics show that 2 in 3 people above 70 years will forget their medication schedules at least 4 times a week. That makes having these devices to remind you about your prescribed medications important. It is interesting to note that some smart home systems (some wearable) can detect falls and immediately send alerts to a caregiver or an emergency service. These tech-aided considerations provide a sense of security among elderly persons living alone.

  1. Improved communication

Staying in touch with loved ones is crucial for elderly living. Even when physical contact is limited due to geographical constraints, technology saves the day. Communication in the 21st century is heavily influenced by advanced technology. When family members live in different locations and particularly far from aging parents, the latter can rely on communication technology to stay connected. Isolation is a critical problem among the older generation, making it important for you to rely on technology solutions to help resolve it. In a quest not to exclude older people from communication benefits, it has become essential to use mobile and smartphones. However, you will realise that many modern mobile smartphones are primarily touchscreen. 

Moreover, the icons on the screens may not be big enough to ease visualisation among the elderly. That makes the big button mobile phone a crucial device to own. The easy-to-press buttons and large menus simplify usage, particularly among those with compromised vision and limited finger dexterity. Simplifying these devices brings peace of mind when it’s time for an elderly person to call others.

  1. Easy access to information and entertainment

With technology, there is no limit to information access. The internet is the conduit for digital devices to connect to central servers and by doing so, retrieve information resources across diverse topics. Access to news, educational content, entertainment, and so much more is at your fingertips. Older adults can join online communities purposely meant for the aging population. You can enjoy all your favourite content at your convenience and in relaxed spaces like home. 

Furthermore, improvements in Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant simplify information access. An older adult can get answers to questions or control smart devices through voice commands. At this point, almost anything you can think of regarding information access is possible through technology. From all indications, more inventions are in the pipeline to help the elderly live comfortable, healthier, and simplified lifestyles.

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