In 2017, the Pew Research Center did a study that found that 67% of adults ages 65 and older are internet users. This percentage has grown 53% since a 2000 study. With technology showing no signs of slowing down, this impressive growth in numbers is guaranteed to only increase in the future. There are many reasons why more and more seniors are joining the online world. In retirement, it offers easier ways to manage daily tasks, as well as, provides a source of entertainment and leisure.
Keeping in Touch
One of the best parts of technology is being able to bridge the distance to family and friends who may not often get to see one another. Through social media, you can catch up through pictures and posts. You can be reminded of birthdays, major life events, or even just the interests and hobbies of those you care about. If you are not interested in creating an account on popular sites like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, you also have the option of communicating right on your phone or tablet. With applications like Skype or FaceTime, you can video call with your contacts anywhere in the world. These services are free and use the camera on your device to allow you to speak face to face with someone, even when they are miles away.
Help with Health
There are several ways to monitor your health using technology. With applications that can track your nutritional needs and manage your medication schedule, you won’t have to worry about falling behind. There are also programs that can analyze your sleep schedule and heart rate or help you choose smart foods to maintain a healthy diet. Websites like WebMD and Doctor on Demand make great resources for credible information regarding your symptoms. With Doctor on Demand, you can even discuss your health with board certified doctors and therapists over live video. While there is no substitute for going to see your doctor, online resources can help you identify whether your symptoms may or may not require you to schedule a visit.
Most people do not associate exercise with computers, but by simply turning on your tablet you will find many resources at your fingertips. Aside from being able to research exercises and strength trainings online, there are programs you can use to monitor your own personal regimen, improve times, and keep track of other progress. If you are working out on your own, Apple and Android have applications that will help you monitor your vitals or even connect to your fitness watch. This assures that even when you are working up a sweat on your own, you have a backup to warn you if you are pushing yourself too hard. These apps also contain step counters, which serve as a great source of motivation to get up and get moving. With games like Wii Fit and Just Dance, you can get the workout of a tennis game or a Zumba class right in your living room. Technology will not do all the hard work for you, but it can make your exercises more productive and fun.
For seniors who live alone, technology provides the assurance that if something goes wrong, there is still a way to get help fast. When living somewhere without 24-hour surveillance, seniors can rest assured that any suspicious activity will trigger an alarm and let emergency operators know to send help. There is also a wide selection of safety gadgets available that provide help when needed, like pull cords or medical alert bands. These instruments enable someone to get connected to medical help during an emergency situation, such as a fall or a heart attack. At Riddle Village, residents have the added peace of mind by pressing a check-in button every morning to let our concierge know that they are safe and doing well. If the button is not pressed, our staff will call their apartment to check on them. If no one answers, one of our wellness nurses will go to their apartment to assess the situation.
Technology may seem daunting and at times complicated. However, when applied properly, it can be a portal to connecting with loved ones and living a healthier, safer life. Contact us today to learn more.