You use a PC in the office and a smartphone on the go, but could you imagine being as comfortable around technology as your children are? Members of the younger generation are growing up with computers and tablets all around them, learning to type alongside learning to use a pen!
Modern technologies can make life easier and save time, but did you know that elderly relatives can also benefit from the latest gadgets? Here are just a few!
A Tablet with a Grocery App
Your son might have been able to buy Lego on eBay before you realised that he knew what a credit card was, but your parents might not be so clued up. Fortunately, a large tablet computer complete with a grocery delivery app provides a quick and easy way for an elderly relative to purchase the essentials. Apps are often easier to use and more intuitive than traditional websites, so why not create an account for an elderly relative and let them take control of their shopping?
We live in a time when ordinary people can try their hand at doing what their GP once did for them. Dr Google is a valuable (and often terrifying) resource, but there are so many other useful technologies to hand.
Pregnant women might list a home doppler amongst their best buys as they listen to their baby’s heartbeat from the comfort of their own bed, but for elderly relatives tools like blood pressure monitors and digital thermometers make it easier to monitor health at home. That said, home-based health monitoring should never be a replacement for professional help when it’s needed.
Elderly relatives can make use of wearable alarms, typically worn on the wrist like a watch or around the neck on a lightweight chain. If they fall, they can push a button to automatically contact a friend, family member or medical professional.
There’s an argument that technology can never replace the sensation of touch and the feeling of companionship. Whilst that may be true, researchers are finding that robotic pets are providing very real benefits for those not capable of caring for a real animal.
Again robotic pets shouldn’t be a replacement for real help and support, but therapeutic robots are a big thing particularly in Japan, where Paro the seal is the number one companion robot for elderly people.
Social Media Websites
When they first launched, sites like Facebook and Twitter were dominated by students. Now, they’re used by anyone and everyone. Social interaction is important for elderly relatives, even if they’re not able to get out and about as much as they might like. Being on Facebook provides an opportunity for your elderly parent to catch up with old school friends and colleagues, to keep up to date with the latest family news and to click ‘like’ on an endless number of photographs of their grandchildren. What more could they need?
104 year old Ivy Bean was one of Twitter’s most famous users before her passing in 2010, with more than 56,000 followers. Is your elderly relative up for the challenge?
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