How has technology helped the senior citizens of today?
One of the most significant benefits that modern technology has afforded us is the ability to communicate and socialize with the least amount of effort. Tablets and smartphones present seniors with an easy-to-use device that can be programmed to perform around their own personal requirements, such as displaying larger icons, buttons, and brighter screens for the visually impaired.
Also, there is the option to have emails, texts, and other documents read aloud by the device instead of squinting over tiny words manually. You can find countless apps for texting, social media, and video chat. Most are affordable, if not free, allowing elders to easily keep in touch with their friends and loved ones even if they cannot leave their houses regularly.
Advances in technology have made it so that seniors do not fear being alone in their houses. No family member has to constantly worry about their loved one’s isolation and despair. Personal monitoring devices can do everything from scanning the wearer’s motion, sleep, location, and care patterns to alert family members if a change is noticed.
Seniors can call for assistance with the simple press of a button. There are also several excellent wireless home security systems that work with apps. Family members get notifications if doors or windows aren’t properly locked or an intruder is detected in the senior’s house. Even if family members are across the country, they can still monitor their loved ones.
Along with multiple games and hobby apps that could be downloaded easily on a senior’s smartphone or tablet, several high-quality movie and TV streaming services are pretty easy to use. They can be streamed to phones, tablets, or TVs to pass the time and provide entertainment.
With the introduction of smart TVs, it is now possible to buy a television for a senior with streaming service apps already installed to easily access all of their favourite shows and movies with one easy-to-use remote.
Besides seniors, technology has improved our way of life, too. Nevertheless, here are the things that I think technology played a significant role in it to make older folks’ lives much simpler and more enjoyable compared to decades ago:
• Social media allows them to remain in touch with their children and grandchildren, warming their hearts.
• Telemedicine and prescription allow people to have easy access to physicians who can watch their patients and observe the problem firsthand from a distance, then prescribe them.
• In smartphones, AI and intelligent speakers assist absent-minded seniors, and people in general, to remember things, organize effortlessly, and so forth.
• Instead of taking the bus, cabs, or other types of transportation to the local shopping center/mall, online shopping has made it Extremely EASY for seniors to make purchases.
During the last 20 years, technology has opened up many doors for people of all ages. It has made it easier to shop, work, and learn.
Technology can improve the physical and mental well-being and social lives of older people. Some technological devices that can directly help seniors are remote sensors, connected scales, and blood pressure cuffs.
Seniors’ lives have become more convenient and enjoyable with these devices. It has created a life that makes seniors happier and healthier, and they have a higher quality of life.
I suppose, as a senior, nearly 85, in some ways, older senior citizens have been stricken with considerable grief by technology. The days of just pushing one or two buttons and having the item work are over.
No, today, everything is so high-tech that numerous people of all ages just don’t understand how to do technical acts.
Some people have the brain where technology comes like a flash of lightning. However, others struggle and try again and again, and it takes a hundred times to get familiar with what you must do.
And most people who write manuals DO NOT WRITE THE INSTRUCTIONS STEP BY STEP. They go from A to B, leaving out how to get from A to B. They use words in the instructions but don’t explain what they mean.