Technology has woven itself into our lives, from the marvels of the first computer to the endless supply of knowledge found on the internet. A significant part of the world now runs on the internet: social media platforms that connect us, not only with our family and friends but with other people across the globe; smartphones that give us the ability to manage documents and take photographs; mobile applications that help us transact without having to visit an office or bank personally. We can shop in the comfort of our homes, read books without seeing a library, and even browse a database of shows through subscriptions.
Most seniors have experienced technology in one way or another. However, the newer innovations may seem overwhelming. After all, improvements and features are added to familiar devices yearly. How can our senior family members catch up with this undeniably important feature?
The best device for your senior family members is what matches their needs and preferences. This may not necessarily be the newest model. For many seniors, some features seem more important than the other latest add-ons. Taking the time to find the perfect device will help our senior family members recognize and harness the many benefits of technology.
Remember that navigating around apps can be tricky, especially when it involves log-ins. Be patient when explaining these features to your family member.
Even as they move into a new community, knowing how to navigate technology can still help you bond with your senior loved one. Here are some of the benefits of technology that can encourage our seniors to pursue learning them:
Intelligent assistants also help seniors manage their routines. These voice-activated assistants can set reminders for morning tasks and medication schedules, call hands-free, or connect to an emergency contact.
This technology can also be applied to homes. You can easily adjust the temperature, turn off the lights, and play music across the house with a voice command.
With a smart device, you and your parents can still feel connected—maybe even closer than before. Harnessing the power of technology allows you and your parents to explore more possibilities in learning, moving, and staying mentally and physically active.
Another smart choice? Finding an assisted living community for your senior loved one. Your senior parents can live independently, perform tasks at their own pace, and feel secure with round-the-clock support from senior care professionals who can help them whenever they ask. This engagement-rich social environment offers programs encouraging your senior parents to move around, participate in recreational activities, and join wellness programs. To learn more about what we do at Ingleside, call us at 202-846-2651.