Today’s Coolest Technology Devices for Seniors Health and SafetyTechnology
Who said technology is only for the young?
Well, you better think twice! Today is the technology era of the Seniors. More and more seniors are accessing the internet now than ever before. Today, seniors actually make up the fastest growing segment of society entering into the “internet age.” Not only are they joining Facebook in unprecedented numbers, they also are getting into all technology-related items, from iPads and tablets and cellphones to computer games and video as well as health-related technology devices and software.
Seniors remember when the first VCR came out and their parents had difficulty in using and programming that simple device. Now it is their turn but they will not be as easily defeated. It is easy to call on the younger generation for help, but they are willing to learn, and learn they will!
Staying Abreast of Technology
Numerous classes are available for all seniors with a will to learn the newest technology. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute or OLLI, has programs “in older adult education programs at colleges and universities across the United States.” One program is located at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida.
Moreover, the health-related technologies are some of the most exciting new developments on the market right now. They give seniors the ability to be more independent. It is difficult for anyone who is used to being in control to know they are losing their self-reliance. Seniors do not want to have to rely on others to supervise their personal lives.
Technological Devices Seniors May Benefit From
Health related aspects of an individual’s daily life can be monitored via technological devices. There are many next-generation products that are “changing aging” forever.
1. Medical Alerts
Both Lifeline and Safe Guardian provide devices for medical alerts. The devices include fall-detection technology. If an individual wearing the device falls, an alert is sent out. And since the device includes a GPS sensor, the exact location of the individual can be determined. The wearer also has the option to press the medical alert button on the device and be connected to a response center for immediate aid. Help is just a device away if there is an emergency situation.
2. Smart appliances
Another technological advancement is a device that will alert a user if an appliance is on or off. In one episode of Two and a Half Men, Charlie answered the phone stating that it must be his washing machine calling to tell him it had completed the cycle. That is now a reality. Using Alert Smart appliances, your appliance can detect when the cycle is over or when an appliance is on or off. And yes, it will then give you a call to let you know the status.
Additionally, phone apps will allow you to change the time your dishwasher or clothes washer or dryer starts or stops. You can diagnose problems that you are having with your appliances, even when it is “user error.” It sometimes feels like we are in the age of the Jetson’s.
3. Social interaction tools
Tools such as Facetime for Apple devices and Google Hangouts or even Skype are better and less expensive alternatives to telephone calls. Since you get to see the person you are talking to, it is as though you are in the same room. These communication tools connect elders with one another and help them remain cognitively stimulated with two-way video-conferencing, instant messaging, and entertainment devices for brain fitness.
4. Blood Glucose Level Detection Devices
These levels can be checked almost instantaneously. This is in the research stage by many national companies but we can expect these devices to be on the market as soon as they are approved. That would be a great advantage for all individuals who no longer have to be stuck by a needle to have their glucose levels checked.
Google is attempting to develop contact lenses which will also check these levels. The prototype of this device has been unveiled but it has not yet been approved by the FDA. However, it is coming.
Apple is also working on a smartwatch that does essentially the same thing. We all know there has to be a better way than a finger prick. We know this too will become a reality. For this project, Apple has partnered with the Mayo Clinic and the Cleveland Clinic.
Quick, LLC has the iQuickIt Saliva Analyzer. This device tests blood sugar levels using your saliva. Again, it’s a “no prick” test. If this method works, it will be embraced by the 370 million diabetics in the world. This technology is still in the development and testing stages but this is definitely going to be another promising technological advancement in the health space.
With all the innovative solutions present today, there is no doubt that technology will continuously keep us in awe of what’s going to come next.
Are you a senior who wants to keep up with the changes in technology? Which of these tools and gadgets do you think you’d be able to benefit most from? Share your thoughts with us..