Thursday, December 10, 2015

Technology Tools for Seniors

Remember the days when the being tech savvy meant knowing how to program the VCR?

There’s no shortage of technology these days, but new technology can also be overwhelming and difficult to figure out how to use. However, technology can have a lot of benefits when you know how to use it. Check out these easy to use tools that are fun to use and have a lot of benefits.

Tablets

Samsung Breezie Tablet
Everyone has a tablet these days. While Apple iPads are known for being designed to be intuitive, they can get confusing for people who aren’t used to Apple products. Samsung’s Breezie tablet is specifically designed for seniors. It has a simple interface that is easy to use and allows you to do all of the same things you can do on a normal Samsung Galaxy tablet. It can be customized to have the settings and apps you want and has a support service in case you have any questions. Tablets are a great way to enhance your brain fitness through apps, games, reading, and more.


By now you’ve probably seen people with some type of fitness tracker on their wrists in place of a watch. But these are for people who run a lot or always go to the gym right? Think again. A lot of fitness trackers can track everything from steps to sleep quality to heart rate (and they tell you the time like a normal watch would). You don’t have to run a race for these to be effective. These devices are meant to help you lead a healthier, more active life. Try one out and head over to an adult playground to see how you like it!

Personal Emergency Response System (PERS)

Safety matters, but you also want to be able to maintain your independence. Personal Emergency Response Systems, or PERS, allow you to call for help whenever you need assistance (not just when you fall) wherever you are. It gives families peace of mind knowing you are safe. Some systems also have GPS tracking which is great when someone is out and about and loses their way or needs assistance away from the home.

The Medical Care Alert Home & Away system combines all of these features and is small and water resistant, allowing you to keep it with you wherever you go.


Video Games

Who said you can’t have as much fun as your grandchildren with video games? Many studies have found that people who play video games for mental exercise experience a boost in memory and brain function. If you have a Wii, you also get in some light physical activity as well. Grab a few games and practice and then challenge the grandkids!

Have some other types of technology you’ve found useful? Let us know in the comments!