Caregiving is a challenging task, but technology is making it easier. Some believe apps, sensors, smart medical devices, and other technologies even have the potential to make the nursing home obsolete. This may be overly optimistic—but for some seniors and the elderly technology is crucial in helping them age in place at home. Here are a few things technology can already do for the elderly.
Helping caregivers keep track of seniors.
Caregiving can be a challenge—especially when your
loved one has dementia, and when you’re far away. Wearable tech
gives caregivers the ability to see where their loved one is at
all times—no matter how far apart they are.
Managing and monitoring health.
There are a wealth of apps and technologies that make it easier for seniors and their caregivers to monitor and manage their health—everything from medication management apps to cloud-based health information trackers.
A medicine reminder is a simple
smartphone app, and one that can help manage numerous people’s
medications thanks to multiple profiles. It also tracks your
prescriptions and reminds you when it’s time for a refill. These simplify healthcare management, especially for
patients who see multiple doctors.
Helps keep their minds young.
Memory games and apps can boost cognitive function and
memory—they really do make a difference. Some studies suggest
that even searching the Internet or playing video games can
improve brain function among seniors.
Encourages them to exercise.
It can be difficult to get up and moving as a senior—and many
factors contribute, from mobility issues to lack of access to
classes. But technology can help. YouTube classes in
everything from gentle yoga,
Tai Chi, and Pilates to more challenging
disciplines bring exercise into seniors’ living rooms—and these
are often taught by experienced instructors. Wii Fit offers
bowling, yoga, aerobics and balance games, and more for people
of all fitness levels.
Sure, ideally we’d all live close enough to visit every day. But many seniors live far from their family members—and this can make it difficult to age where they are.
Loneliness is still epidemic among seniors. But technologies such as Skype, Google Chat, and Facebook Live can help them connect with friends and family all over the world—no travel required. And even social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook can make a difference in helping seniors feel connected to the lives of far-off loved ones.
In addition, tools such as heart rate monitors and step counters can help seniors track their own activity levels and stay motivated.
Some monitoring systems can be set up around a bed or throughout the house, alerting caregivers whenever an elderly person falls or goes outside of a defined boundary. This helps caregivers keep their loved ones safe from any distance.
Technology may not be ready to make
assisted living obsolete entirely, but it can make a big
difference in senior quality of life. If you’re caring for an
elderly loved one, it’s worth looking into which apps, sensor
systems, wearables, and other technologies make sense for you
and the person you care for.
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