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Seniors and Technology: Gadgets Aren’t Just for the Kids Anymore

Macbook AirIt can be interesting and almost amazing to watch as our children tap wildly on their telephones until their thumbs turn blue, all in an effort to communicate with their friends. And it’s hard not to chuckle at how they can uncontrollably giggle while watching television and even funny commercials online. Some kids and now even middle-aged adults go to class and even get degrees, all online. Yet, these innovations in how we interact, entertain and how we learn are beginning to transcend the bounds of the “younger crowd.”

For seniors and others who aren’t ready to leave their home for an institutional setting or live with relatives, it can be very difficult to stay both social and occupied. Studies are showing that maintaining a high quality of life and minimizing depression as we age, is highly dependent on the ability to interact and keep our minds busy. While that might seem fairly obvious, it can be a difficult challenge for seniors who were recently able to move about easily, complete tasks and interact daily. And In Home Care Services are a fantastic way to assist with daily needs and activities and provide companionship for seniors. Additionally, those seemingly magical devices like the iPad, and other tablets, smartphones and their various applications are providing some unique solutions to help make family care well…fun.

Your senior relative almost doesn’t even need to know how to type to stay connected. Various voice dictation software applications for phones, tablets and computers let users say what they would ordinarily type. And video conferencing software such as FaceTime or video applications on Skype can help your loved ones feel like they’re right there in person with relatives and friends. They no longer only have to read about the newborn or just see pictures if they are far away. They can watch. And sometimes your loved ones can watch entire television shows not found on conventional television right from their computer or tablet. And while many of us older folks like real books, the convenience of finding almost any book without leaving the house is a great way to enjoy a peaceful and relaxing day. Of course, we can’t forget about games. Imagine your loved one having fun playing online Bingo with their friends?

With all of the fun and entertainment, there are still some practical applications these devices and technology provide. From medication reminders, online shopping and even apps for helping seniors with Alzheimer’s and Dementia, the list of technological benefits for seniors and caregivers could go on. These really are different times with different gizmos. But to think that only the young and able only benefit from technology would be quite incorrect.

p.s. When you or your children upgrade their gadget this Christmas, a great present for your senior loved one might just be that older model iPad or laptop you would likely just let sit around collecting dust.

Stanton Lawson, is the Co-Owner of Sequoia Senior Solutions, the perfect solution for seniors and others who aren’t ready to leave their home for an institutional setting or live with relatives, but because of illness or chronic conditions need support to remain at home. Sequoia Senior Solutions seeks to improve their lives by providing compassionate, one-on-one care in the comfort of their own home.

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  1. Doroty

     /  August 29, 2011

    Are cell phones a good idea for someone home bound? I know it would sound like it and I’ve really been checking them out for my grandparents, but I’m just not sure if my grandparents would benefit from it. I’ve found a few easy to use and pretty affordable options like this prepaid one from SVC, but I just can’t sure they are really going to take to the technology enough to make use of it. They’re pretty active and we check on them pretty regular…does it seem like it would be necessary?

  2. Stanton Lawson

     /  September 12, 2011

    Hi Doroty,

    I would imagine that the choice of a cell phone would depend on your personal situation and the communication needs of you and your grandparents. Prepaid cell phones can be really inexpensive and likely programmed with simple dialing methods, without the need to understand complicated technology. Assuming there isn’t a regular land-line in the house or the mobility of your grandparents, a cell phone also may be a good idea for emergencies. It might be worth weighing your options in relation to the needs of you and your grandparents.

    Thank you for responding.

    Stan

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