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Senior Living | 06/26/20
Did you know that 58% of senior adults believe that technology has positively impacted society? In fact, technology use has increased with adults 75 and older. This boosted use is largely due to the advancements in technology which has brought about many benefits for seniors. So how do older adults benefit from technology? From safety to socialization, we answer this question below.
Our safety isn’t something we like to think about ever being in danger, but it’s nice to know that technology advancements can give us peace of mind. Just owning a cell phone gives you the ability to call for help any time, anywhere. And should you want added safety, one of the benefits of technology for seniors is tools such as personal monitoring and security devices which can track important metrics.
Nothing can replace face-to-face interaction, but technology opens more opportunities for socialization. Now that we have easy access to text messaging and video chats, it’s easier than ever to stay connected to loved ones. This makes time between visits with friends and family more bearable.
There are also plenty of ways to encourage mental stimulation through technology. Rather than spending time scrolling through social media or watching mind-numbing videos, you can make use of mobile games such as Trivial Pursuit or Scrabble to give your brain a workout — and oftentimes you can play with loved ones, combining games and socialization! This same technology also gives you quick access to anything you may want to learn about with a quick search online. (Of course, you’ll also want to focus on reliable sources — not everything you read on the internet is grounded in facts.)
While it’s easy to see how technology aids mental fitness, you may not have thought about the physical fitness opportunities it offers. Online platforms like YouTube are a great place to find fitness videos for seniors. Another great opportunity for physical fitness is through gaming systems such as the Nintendo Wii which you control with motion.
Quite possibly one of the most important benefits of technology for seniors is the quick access to medical information. Many health providers now offer access to your medical records through a mobile app or online portal, making it easier for you to keep track of your health information and appointments as well as send messages to your doctor. Ask your medical provider to find out if they offer an app or online portal where you can log in to have access to your records.
At Meadow Lakes, we make every effort to take advantage of the technology available to us in order to help residents live a fulfilling, engaging lifestyle. Our resident engagement technology, Touchtown, is just one way we do this. Touchtown allows each resident to stay connected with every activity around the campus through announcements. Residents can easily access this technology through televisions in each room, a mobile app or an Alexa device, increasing resident engagement.
To learn more about how Meadow Lakes uses technology in our community, contact us today.