In the last decade, technology has advanced in ways that make life easier for people of all ages. Seniors especially can benefit from this progress. Check out these excellent options for senior-friendly tech to help improve the life of you or your senior loved one.
1. Automatic Pill Dispensers
For many seniors, keeping track of different medications and the times and frequency at which they need to be taken can feel like a full-time job. Mistakes in prescription management can lead to serious consequences for the person prescribed them, with the National Institute of Health calling the increase in elderly patients and corresponding prescription mistakes a major concern for the healthcare systems. It can be especially difficult to stay on top of medications for those living alone.
Luckily, there are some extraordinary options on the market when it comes to medication management. Automatic pill dispensers allow seniors or their caregivers to set them up so that pills are dispensed at the correct dosage and time each day. There are different kinds of alerts available, including audio and visual ones. Some even have the option of services that will handle prescription renewals for you to make sure you never go without.
2. Devices for Video Calling
Video calling is no longer only found in sci-fi shows, and its accessibility has made it easier than ever to stay connected with friends and family no matter how many miles are between you. There are many options you can use to make these calls.
If you have a laptop or desktop computer, you can access video chatting technology such as Skype using the camera on your device. One benefit of using a stable device such as a laptop or computer is that you can easily sit in front of it and adjust the screen to get the picture just right. Other options include cell phones and tablets where you can use video chatting technology such as FaceTime to make your calls on the go.
When communicating on a video call, it helps to have a quality headset that minimizes distractions and allows you to clearly hear the person or people you’re speaking with. Look for headphones that fit comfortably on your head and are wireless.
3. Smart Speakers
Smart speakers are a great entry into a more connected home. Many popular tech items today have the ability to integrate with other smart tech, and a smart speaker is one of the easiest of these to operate with attractive basic features. Smart speakers let users ask questions about the weather or TV schedules, listen to music, create grocery lists, and set alarms. For many seniors who have trouble typing due to arthritis or other issues, being able to ask a question aloud instead of having to type it out to get an answer is beneficial.
There are several high-quality smart speaker options, and depending on which one you choose, you may be able to connect it to other items in your home. An Amazon Echo Dot, for instance, can be set up to interact with other Amazon technology such as the Ring doorbell security system to make your home safer and smart lighting options, so that you can simply tell the Echo Dot to turn off the lights for you.
Make life easier by embracing senior-friendly technology. Find the devices that are right for you to help you stay happy, healthy, and connected to those you love most, wherever they may be.
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