With people living longer than ever before, the one thing that is always a major concern would be living a quality of life. Just because we live longer, doesn’t always mean we live better, but with advances in technology, there are ways to improve a quality of life for seniors in several ways.
Wearables to Monitor Vitals
One of the more recent advances in technology are wearables that can communicate with your healthcare provider. These are especially beneficial if you have serious issues with your blood pressure. Any vital that falls within a danger zone is immediately sent to your doctor who then will make a determination on how to proceed based on the data they received. These wearables are often styled like a watch to be worn around the wrist, but there are other types as well. With an almost immediate response time, doctors have been able to help their patients avoid heart attacks or strokes.
Staying in Touch with Social Media
Gone are the days when seniors picked up a landline to call friends to chat a bit. Now they are like every other generation in that most seniors now have a social media account through which they stay in touch with family and friends. Even senior living Georgia retirement homes like Belmont Village have libraries with internet so that seniors can connect from time to time.
Digital Safety and Security
Perhaps the most widely known digital safety and security platform for seniors is the Lifeline program. Most of us remember those commercials with the elderly lady laying on the floor pushing a button on the gadget she was wearing around her neck. Here words are indelibly etched in our brains, “Help. I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.” That was decades ago and today there is nothing new or unique about this type of safety gadget for seniors. While the original commercial tended to be a bit melodramatic and over the top, it got the message across. Digital technology is there for the rescue.
Digital Photo Albums to Preserve Memories
While you might not see digital photo albums as something that improves a senior’s quality of life, it’s important to remember just how much each and every photo is as a reminder of days gone by. Over the years seniors have filled perhaps dozens of photo albums which are often too cumbersome to pull out every time nostalgia cries to be heard. It isn’t difficult or expensive to have those photos scanned to digital photo albums and now seniors can have them at their fingertips without lifting the first dusty album that once sat on a shelf in the den.
From diagnostics in healthcare to connectivity in social media, technology has found a way into the lives of seniors, giving them a much-improved quality of life. If there is any doubt just how important technology is to seniors in today’s world, take a few moments to observe just how tech-savvy many have become. Where would they be without technology today?