Seniors today are in a strange situation when it comes to technology. Growing up without computers and the internet, we now live in an era where technology touches nearly every aspect of life.
Clever technology can really help with some of the inconveniences that might come with getting older. As a result, seniors are learning more and using technologies for the first time. And as technology becomes more pervasive, so gadgets and devices tend to become more user friendly too. In general, technology is helping to give senior citizens an improved quality of life. At Stiltz Home Elevators, we look at some of the best ways technology can help to make life easier for seniors.
A library in your home
For those who love to read but burn through books, e-Readers prove to be a popular solution. Although some folks will never want to give up the feel and smell of a real book, an e-Reader has the benefit of giving you access to nearly any book you wish. By downloading books from the library or buying them from an online shop you can read as much as you like without filling your shelves with paperbacks. E-readers are like tablets, only smaller, more portable and light to hold and as they are often waterproof with a non-glare screen you can read where you like in comfort. The type size is adjustable and some e-Readers also play audiobooks, which is perfect for those wishing to give their eyes a break.
Keeping in touch
In the 80s the idea of a video phone was reserved for the future, but now video calling is as popular as the traditional phone call. The joy of the video call is it can be done from most devices: a phone, a tablet, even a smart TV if it is set up with a camera. A video call is great for connecting more than two people as you can link with several groups at once. It’s also more of an ‘all-round’ experience as you can see the other person’s emotions. But calling isn’t the only way technology keeps us connected. Social media plays a huge role in staying up to date with our loved ones’ lives, and approximately a third of people over 65 use it to stay in touch.
Technology around the home can not only help with things that might become more difficult as we age, but they can also take the strain of the jobs we do not enjoy, or help us feel safer. Installing a residential elevator by Stiltz makes sense if climbing the stairs becomes dangerous, and can help homeowners to continue living in their homes safely. As can adding a video doorbell which allows you to see and communicate with the caller before choosing whether to answer the door. Wearable alarms are good for putting the mind at rest for those who worry about a fall. Whereas a robot vacuum keeps the floors spotless without having to lift a finger.
Keeping fit and fun
Something that might be overlooked by seniors is just how fun some technology can be. Younger generations turn to their consoles for hours of onscreen entertainment and distraction, and there is no reason seniors have to miss out. Many games consoles come with virtual activities such as bowling, tennis and dance which can help older people get moving and stay fit in the comfort of their own homes. Likewise, for keeping the brain healthy there are online games and puzzles which, when used for a few minutes each day, claim to give a mental work out.