For me the hardest part about getting older is that my elders are getting older too. It's important to stay connected, but with tech changing so quickly, it's hard for even me to keep up with everything and I'm a millennial!
Can you imagine what it must be like for the 60+ crowd?
While they didn’t grow up with today's technology, I've found that our parents and grandparents are eager to integrate tech into their everyday life, they just need a little help!
So, if you’ve found this page because you’re part of the older generation - or maybe you’re looking for tips for your parents/relatives - below, I’ve listed some great bits of tech that are perfect to keep our elders connected.
Pretty much everyone has a smartphone these days, but some phones are more of a challenge for seniors. That's because they have a ton of extra features that can make simple phone calls a challenge.
Cell phones provide mental stimulation and serve as a safety device, but if the user struggles to work the touchscreen and don’t understand all the features, the device can become more of a burden than an aid.
Well, step forward large key cell phones with big buttons to save the day. These phones are technologically advanced, but don’t have all the gizmos and features we see on iPhones, etc. They just have a simple interface that’s easy for people to use. The older generation will love this, and they can finally have a cell phone they know how to use.
You usually think that fitness bands are aimed towards the younger, fitter, generation. While this is technically true, they’re also highly useful for senior citizens. They encourage you to be more active and walk about, something that a lot of older people don’t do that often. But, most importantly, they come with heart rate trackers. Some of the most simple fitness bands can just be put on your wrist, and will then display your heart rate. It’s as simple as that, there’s no need to understand any complex technology at all. The older generation can find this very helpful as it helps monitor their health.
Technology has even found its way into the pharmaceuticals industry with medication monitors. These things are sometimes called medication management systems, or anything along the same lines. Basically, they look like normal medication containers, but they’re packed full of technology that alerts people when they need to take their medication. So, if you have to take a certain pill at midday everyday, it will tell you when to do so. They come with a little fob or device that you can carry around with you to receive the alerts, so there’s no worry of installing apps on phones or anything like that. As you can imagine, this is such a useful bit of technology for a senior citizen to own.
See, there are loads of things the older generation can use that are packed full of technology. The three things on this list are great examples of devices that are easy to use and benefit the user too. So, whether you’re a senior yourself, or have senior relatives, think about the gadgets listed above.
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