In the midst of the pandemic, our caregivers experienced firsthand the crucial pairing of seniors and technology to stay connected to family and friends. Now, as health and wellbeing continue to be our focus in caring for seniors, there are a number of tech tools that are incredibly beneficial. We’ve provided details on some of our top picks.
Video Conference Software
When it isn’t possible to be physically close to loved ones or attend in-person events and activities, platforms such as Zoom, Skype, and Google Chat are invaluable. They provide seniors the opportunity to remain in contact with their loved ones, participate in virtual book clubs, social groups or classes, and prevent loneliness and isolation. In addition, as telehealth appointments increase in popularity, apps including FaceTime and Skype are replacing former telemedicine platforms, allowing for more convenience for older adults.
Alexa Care Hub
“Alexa, check in on Mom!” As part of Amazon’s hospitality suite, the Alexa Care Hub is incredibly beneficial for seniors who live alone or in a long-term care facility. With functionalities that help caregivers track activity and immediately reach the older adults they care for, the Alexa Care Hub is introducing even more capabilities. Currently, Amazon Echo devices are being utilized in senior living communities and residential homes across the country, with projections for a spike in demand. The Alexa Care Hub takes it a step further by providing medication reminders, personalized alerts, and a number of other features that allow seniors to maintain independence while providing peace of mind to their loved ones.
Mindfulness and Meditation Apps
Not just a trend for millennials, meditation and mindfulness apps can improve both sleep and focus, and help seniors build the necessary skills to release stress and anxiety. Apps including Headspace, Calm, and The Mindfulness App allow users to customize meditation programs to work best for their particular needs, providing seniors with the ability to create a personalized routine. Meditation has even been connected to enhancing both long and short term memory, alleviating loneliness, and boosting cognitive function.
Smart Home Devices
From home security systems to stoves to medication managers, it seems there’s a smart version of just about every household item these days — and we can expect to see more smart tools on the market in the years to come. While smart devices are becoming more widely used in our everyday lives, it’s important to think about the ways that these voice- and motion-activated processes help seniors to more independently perform daily activities. Keeping this in mind, we anticipate more smart home products designed to meet the needs of the senior population while maintaining the look and feel of your favorite tech devices.
To explore these or other ways to connect seniors and technology, contact Senior HomeCare of Tucson, the top provider of elder care in Tucson and the surrounding areas. Our care team is always available to help set up and train seniors on tech tools that make life simpler, safer, and more enjoyable. Contact us any time at 520-355-4787 to learn more about our customized in-home care for seniors and to see how it can benefit a senior you love.