Technology is a bigger part of the world than we ever thought it would be. It’s so ingrained in our daily lives that we rarely get through a day without it. Seniors have seen technology transform completely throughout their lifetime, so it can be challenging to stay up to date with the trends. But embracing the ever-changing landscape of tech can make your life easier in more ways than you may realize.
Learn more about the many benefits of technology and how you can incorporate it into your day-to-day routine to make your life easier.
Connect with Others
Meeting with friends and family as you get older can be a challenge, but with technology, you can update others on your life with the touch of a button. From social media to video calls, today’s technology was made for relationships that span across countries–and the COVID-19 pandemic has made it even more common for seniors to stay in touch with loved ones this way. Many have found it invaluable to see the faces of their friends and families in addition to hearing their voices.
Keep Track of Appointments and Medication
Medication is necessary for many people, but it can become a chore as appointments become more frequent and you have different medications to monitor.
Technology has made a world of difference when it comes to organization. Add appointments into your calendar with reminder alerts, or schedule an alarm for when it’s time to take your medication each day.
There are also apps you can download for both Android and iPhone users that keep you on track along with other helpful features. Check out this article for examples of useful apps.
Online Medical Care
You can even have a doctor’s visit on your smartphone, tablet or laptop computer. Many health organizations have created the option for virtual appointments so you can chat with your doctor over a video call and receive the same care as you would in office.
Your healthcare provider will ensure you are equipped with the appropriate materials and have all you need to have a productive conversation with the doctor. He or she will still be able to administer medicine and prescriptions.
Banking can be complicated as-is, but many banks are offering apps to their customers to help streamline their services and allow more control from home. Making the trip to the bank to perform transactions can be time consuming and inconvenient, but apps make it simple. Most are easy to use and can allow you to quickly check your statements or transfer money to different accounts. Most banks will allow you to make a check deposit through their banking app by taking a photo of the check with your phone. This is a safe and convenient way to make a deposit.
If you end up needing assistance or have concerns about fraud, reaching out to customer service, within the app or directly with your bank, is typically an easy process that can provide you with answers within minutes.
Exercise is an important part of life, but it’s common to struggle with a steady routine. Technology is playing a large role in physical fitness now more than ever before. People are relying on the internet, their smartphones and workout devices to keep their health on track.
Start out small by monitoring your steps. Sometimes less is more. Ten thousand steps per day is what many strive to achieve for their cardiovascular health, but check with your doctor to see what’s best for you. Many smartphones track your steps but pedometers are popular devices that range from basic to more involved to help you monitor how far you’re walking per day.
Workout videos and tutorials are also available for free all across the web, from YouTube to social media. These videos often include a professional performing an exercise routine, making it easy for you to follow along. The best part about exercise videos on the internet (besides the fact that most of them are free) is that there are hundreds available, no matter what type of workout you’re interested in. From dancing and ballet to boxing and karate, from low-impact workouts to high-intensity cardio — there’s something for everyone.
Check out this article for some of the most popular fitness apps for seniors.
Mental exercise is just as important as physical exercise, and there’s no shortage of brain teasers and online activities with today’s technology. Video games and apps are designed to work your brain as you recall facts and information, helping you to reach whatever goals you set. Best of all, the games are fun! Work on practicing a few yourself, then get together with others to challenge each other.
A tech-savvy senior is a senior who has many conveniences right within the palm of their hand. And joining a tech-savvy senior living community can make your life even easier.
Learn more about senior living at Searstone and if it’s the right choice for you or your loved one.