Technology moves at a rapid pace, with new gizmos and gadgets hitting the market every time you turn around! While some older people may be resistant to new tech, there is actually a wealth of technology that can help make their lives easier and even safer. Let’s take a look at some of the latest gadgets designed especially for older adults, and how they can enrich their lives.
- The Grandpad Tablet helps keep families and friends connected. Secure and easy to use, this computer tablet holds games, photos and videos, and music, and makes video phone calls easy. Its intuitive features and large buttons make it a breeze to use, and it comes with all the features you need preloaded.
- Amazon Echo is like a personal assistant. While it’s not made exclusively for older adults, it can help them do things like creating lists, arranging transportation, managing appointments, getting reminders for medications, and more. It also plays music, checks the weather, and can help control a home security system.
- Medication dispensers have gone high tech. Features like reminder alarms, locking compartments, and automatic dispensing make it easy and safe to manage medication, even if you are prone to forgetfulness.
- Fall detection systems make it safer for older people to live independently. Falls can be catastrophic for older people, especially if they don’t get help quickly. The new fall detection devices can recognize a fall and call for help even if the older person cannot call out. What’s more, these devices are not clunky and unsightly like the ones used by prior generations, but can actually be sleek and discreet.
- Apple Watches can be incredibly useful for older adults. With safety features like fall detection, Emergency SOS, and Crash Detection, they’re great for keeping people safe. They also use health sensors and apps that can take an ECG, as well as measuring heart rate, blood oxygen, and temperature, and tracking sleep stages.
- Today’s hearing aids have advanced far past the technology available in older models. While they can’t fully compensate for hearing loss, they amplify sound to make it easier for people with reduced hearing to communicate. There are hearing aids to help with a wide variety of types of hearing loss, and some even have built-in fall detection.
- The Ring Video Doorbell is useful for people of all ages and can help older people stay safe at home. The video doorbell feature helps people with hearing loss to notice when someone is at the door, and Ring devices can be connected to create a whole-home smart security system.
- The GPS Smart Sole is a genius innovation in wearable technology. If an older person in your life suffers from a cognitive disorder like Alzheimer’s, dementia, or a brain injury, this GPS tracker sealed within a water-resistant shoe insert can help track them and protect them from harm.
At Parkwood Heights, we prioritize the health and happiness of our residents, and that includes encouraging them to enrich their lives through the use of technology. We want our residents to live life to the fullest, as they enjoy all the amenities that make Parkwood a great place to live their best lives. A lovely community in which to spend your retirement, Parkwood Heights is located just minutes from Victor, Fairport, Farmington, and Canandaigua. Our picturesque, 122-acre senior living campus affords many opportunities to enjoy your time with friends and family while enjoying our scenic setting. Call (315) 986-9100 to learn more about all that we have to offer, or check out our website and reach out if you have any questions.