The Top 5 Tech Gadgets For Seniors

Experts describe it as a crisis of epic proportions. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that those 65 and older will outnumber children by 2035. This means that, by 2035, nearly every country in the world will grapple with the most transformational change in the history of mankind. In light of this, it’s imperative that we do all that’s necessary to meet the needs of our aging population. Below, we discuss the top tech gadgets for seniors and their contribution to the well-being of this important demographic.

Senior woman on a smart device in her office

Echo Show

The next iteration of Amazon’s Echo is the Echo Show. This smart device makes it easier for aging parents to stay in contact with family members. The Echo Show uses Alexa’s audio and video capabilities to facilitate communication. Seniors can use the app in a number of ways. They can watch weather updates, news flash briefings, and Amazon videos. They can also make shopping lists and stream music from Pandora, Spotify, and TuneIn.

MedMinder

MedMinder is a pill dispenser that allows seniors to organize their medication by days of the week. The dispenser is equipped with both visual and auditory alerts to remind the user to take his or her medication. If the medication isn’t taken, MedMinder lets caregivers know via a phone call or text. The compartments can be locked as well so that the pills are only taken at specified times. This smart pill dispenser is perfect for seniors who are at greater risk for forgetting prescription dosages and times.

LumiLux

Seniors appreciate the LumiLux Advanced 16-color Sensor Light for night-time bathroom visits. All in all, it’s very helpful during times of decreased visibility. The LumiLux has a light that attaches to the rim of the toilet. It’s activated when the LumiLux detects body heat. Additionally, the light comes with a lifetime warranty. The LumiLux offers a display of 16 LED colors; users can either choose one or a combination of colors.

Esky Key Finder

The Esky Key Finder is a wireless system that tracks items. The user attaches receivers to the items they want to track, such as keys, glasses, or cell phones. If the item is lost, the base unit will contact the receiver. In turn, the receiver will beep and light up. This gadget is perfect for seniors with memory issues. It’s unquestionably a useful tool. The key finder’s radio frequencies can penetrate through walls and floors. So, seniors can locate missing items quickly and easily.

LetroFan High Fidelity White Noise Machine

Seniors often suffer from insomnia or disrupted sleep. So, the LectroFan High Fidelity White Noise machine is a particularly useful tool. It drowns out disruptive noises and creates soothing, ambient sounds.

The LetroFan offers seniors 10 types of white, pink, and brown noises as well as 10 fan sounds. So, how do pink and brown noises differ from white noise? As a matter of fact, the LetroFan website explains the key differences clearly. Seniors who have trouble sleeping will undoubtedly appreciate this innovative device.

For questions about how the right tools can make a difference in your senior’s life, contact us. At David York, we are focused on supporting you as you navigate life’s challenges.

For more information about David York Agency’s qualified, compassionate caregivers, contact us at (877) 216-7676. A free phone consultation can help you decide what services might be best. We aim to provide you and your loved one with the assistance they need. If you’d like to hear more from us, please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google+, or LinkedIn

How Advancements In Hearing Technology Can Improve Quality Of Life

It’s a challenge to live with hearing limitations. Normal activities suddenly become stressful, chaotic, and fatiguing. Many who suffer from hearing loss feel helpless. They rely on hearing aids, but often find them unequal to life’s challenges. Meanwhile, others reject their use altogether. According to the National Institute on Deafness, only about 1 in 5 people who need hearing aids actually wears one. Yet, there is hope. Recent advancements in hearing technology are making a difference.

Senior woman holding smartphone in hands and exploring new technology

Better Sound Quality

The telephone often diminishes the sound quality and volume of a person’s voice. It also prevents the speaker from using non-verbal cues to facilitate communication. As a result, many avoid telephone conversations altogether and become increasingly isolated from society. Amplified phones offer a variety of features that can help. In-line amplifiers can increase sound by up to 40 decibels. Equally important, they also allow tone control, so that voices are pitched at accessible ranges.

Portable amplifiers are particularly useful. They can attach to phone headsets and increase sound by 30 decibels. Users can also adjust built-in volume controls to improve sound reception.

Meanwhile, many cell phones employ telecoil technology to eliminate background noises that interfere with sound quality. So, those who suffer from hearing loss can use them confidently.

Improved Viewing Experience

Today, many DVDs carry subtitles and closed captioning. Most importantly, hard of hearing moviegoers now have access to a variety of closed captioning technologies at cinemas.

Certainly, these technologies have made an important difference. People with disabilities report that closed captions have enriched their viewing experience. Now they can better understand rapid dialogue and a diversity of accents.

Increased Quality Of Life

A hearable is a wireless mini-computer that significantly improves a wearer’s ability to hear. Many hearables can monitor vital signs, track personal movements, and communicate with smart devices. Users particularly like the fact that they are largely invisible. They report increased feelings of well-being from their use.

As can be seen, people with hearing impairments need no longer suffer in silence.

At David York, we’re focused on improving the lives of your loved ones. For more information about the many ways we do this, contact us. We’ll work with you to provide individualized, compassionate care for your loved one.

For more information about David York Agency’s qualified, compassionate caregivers, contact us at (877) 216-7676. A free phone consultation can help you decide what services might be best. We aim to provide you and your loved one with the assistance they need. If you’d like to hear more from us, please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google+, or LinkedIn

The Top 4 Hearing Aid Smartphone Apps For Seniors

According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 30% of seniors between 65 and 74 years of age have hearing loss. Meanwhile, nearly half of seniors 75 years and older have difficulty hearing. Seniors with hearing problems often feel isolated from society. For example, they cannot enjoy popular forms of entertainment such as concerts, movies, and plays. They may even find chatting with friends and family a humiliating experience. However, there is hope. There are now hearing aid smartphone apps that do a phenomenal job at helping seniors hear better.

Below, we discuss four of them.

Senior man using mobile phone with hearing aid apps

Decibel Sensor Apps 

These apps are environmental sensor apps that monitor potentially damaging sounds. All decibel sensor apps do not have the same capabilities, however. While some can only monitor basic volume levels, others will provide more detailed sound information. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (JASA) reports that only 14 of 192 iPhone and Android apps provide accurate sound monitoring. According to the study, some of the best decibel sensor apps are SPLnFFT, SoundMeter, and NoiSee.

Hearing Screening Apps

These apps can tell you whether you need the services of an audiologist. The most basic versions play tones and ask whether you can identify them. Meanwhile, other versions can play several different frequencies at various volumes. These apps are markedly superior; they mimic professional hearing tests. However, they should never serve as a replacement for a formal hearing exam. The most popular hearing screening apps are uHear, Sound Check, and Play It Down.

Amplifier Apps

These apps work in conjunction with earbuds or headphones to amplify sounds in your environment. Another key point is that they can also amplify the sounds your tablet or smartphone’s microphone picks up. Some of the more advanced apps allow you to choose whether to amplify nearby or distant sounds. Meanwhile, others can eliminate or minimize background noise. The most popular amplifier apps include HearYouNow, BioAid, and Hearing Aid With Replay.

Hearing Aid Controller Apps

These apps are made by hearing aid companies to help you adjust your hearing aid right from your smartphone. In fact, the latest hearing aid technology facilitates a wireless connection between your hearing aid and smartphone. So, you no longer need a Bluetooth streaming device to connect both. The most popular hearing aid controller apps are ReSound Smart, ReSound Control, and TruLink.

As can be seen, these hearing aid smartphone apps can change the lives of seniors who are hearing impaired. However, it’s also important to remember that these apps can only monitor or enhance hearing. They can never take the place of a professional audiology exam.

At David York, our goal is to support you as you focus on the most important things in life. For a helping hand or for more information about how a visiting or live-in healthcare provider can help, contact us. We’re happy to answer your questions and to discuss options with you.

For more information about David York Agency’s qualified, compassionate caregivers, contact us at (877) 216-7676. A free phone consultation can help you decide what services might be best. We aim to provide you and your loved one with the assistance they need. If you’d like to hear more from us, please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google+, or LinkedIn

Hearing Loss In The Elderly: A Silent Epidemic

Hearing loss in the elderly has been associated with an increased risk for dementia and depressive disorders. It is also believed to be a major contributing factor to Alzheimer’s disease. Many people think that hearing loss is an unfortunate part of the aging process. Often, they try to solve the problem with generic sound amplifiers. When these devices fail to deliver results, they settle for a lesser quality of life.

woman with a hearing aid in

However, there is a viable solution → professional hearing aids.

Hearing Loss In The Elderly And How It Impacts Them

According to the AARP, hearing loss is a silent epidemic. Two-thirds of seniors in their 70s suffer from hearing loss, compared to about 30% of middle-aged Americans. Hearing loss is a significant challenge for the former.

Additionally, many seniors believe that hearing aids are stigmatizing. Their concerns are understandable. In fact, legislators who proposed the first Medicare bill ignored the challenges associated with hearing loss. They excluded hearing aids altogether from the list of Medicare benefits. Today, hearing aids are still excluded and are the financial responsibility of the patient.  Thus, many seniors must live with the perceived stigma of hearing loss and endure a diminished quality of life. They cannot attend movies, plays, or concerts. Additionally, they find it difficult to navigate conversations, particularly when they must contend with background noise.

How The Right Hearing Aids Can Help

Due to cost considerations, many seniors rely on cheap hearing aids that are not programmed to their specific needs. These devices often prove ineffective. They simply amplify all sounds, which is not particularly helpful.

A recent AARP study uncovered even more cause for concern. Experts compared the brains of people from ages 61 to 73 with those from ages 18 to 27. The study found that seniors are less adept at processing conversations when they hear other sounds at the same time. Basically, older adults fared worse than younger people at understanding speech in noisy environments.

Thus, properly configured hearing aids are even more important than previously thought in making a difference in the lives of seniors.

So, if you’re thinking about better solutions for your loved one, contact us. We’re here to help and assure you that we understand your concerns. For more information about David York Agency’s qualified, compassionate caregivers, contact us at (877) 216-7676. A free phone consultation can help you decide what services might be best. We aim to provide you and your loved one with the assistance they need. If you’d like to hear more from us, please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google+, or LinkedIn

Checklist: 8 Steps to Ensure Successful Aging in Place

Would you or your loved one prefer to retain independence and age in place rather than live at a nursing facility? You are not alone. Successful aging in place is becoming more and more common. Just as the global population of older adults is growing at an unprecedented pace, so is the same population group in the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the American 65 and older population is expected to double over the next thirty years – from 48 million to nearly 90 million. Furthermore, global life expectancy is projected to extend an additional eight years within the same period.

Senior woman making a list at home

It comes as no surprise then that these demographic shifts have created demand for aging in place options. And with the call for older adult independence, comes the need to create a plan that includes the support and resources to address specific individual needs holistically.

Here is a checklist of the eight steps to create a solid plan that ensures successful aging in place:

8 Steps to Successful Aging in Place

1. Round-Up Important Information

Make a list of all assets, income, and expenses. Do the finances cover all costs of living, including medical? If not, find out if there are any assistance programs offered by the county, city, and or state.

2. Evaluate your Living Space

Determine if the home is suitable for all age-related needs. Are there any home modifications such as grab bars, walk-in tubs, or stair lifts that need to be made? Below, you’ll find a short list of other common alterations for successful aging in place.

  • Wheelchair ramps
  • Shower transfer benches
  • Non-skid strips
  • Push-button door openers
  • Roll out shelves
  • Climate controls.

3. Assess Your Health Needs and Coverage

Create a list of health issues and necessary medications. Does the existing health insurance cover everything? If not, are there any local organizations that can assist with these expenses?

4. Look Into Home Care

Determine which healthcare services and other types of care are needed at home, and which must be conducted a medical facility. Assistance with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating are quite common. Additionally, many organizations provide extended assistance with a variety of services from caring for medical devices to grocery shopping.

5. Transportation

Define transportation needs. If still driving, find out when your license expires as well as what age-appropriate requirements exist to renew. Additionally, make a list of frequent destinations. Do you require public transportation? If so, is it accessible for specific health needs?

6. Seek Out Senior Activities

Discover what senior activities are available within the community. Social interaction is key to good health as well as successful aging. Be sure to schedule regular entertainment and continuing education as well.

7. Plan for Every Scenario

Create an advanced care plan with loved ones. End-of-life issues and funeral services are difficult to discuss, but they are a necessary preparation.

8. Contact David York Agency for Professional Care

For more information about David York Agency’s qualified, compassionate caregivers, contact us at (877) 216-7676. A free phone consultation can help you decide what services might be best. We aim to provide you and your loved one with the assistance they need. If you’d like to hear more from us, please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google+, or LinkedIn

3 Senior-Friendly Vacation Spots In Europe

Millions of visitors visit the Eiffel Tower, Buckingham Palace, and the Louvre each year. Europe is undeniably one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Beautiful locations abound, capturing the imagination and delighting the senses. Above all, the vast continent welcomes people of all ages and from all walks of life. Whether you’re traveling alone or with a loved one, the European experience remains with you long after your trip is over.

Couple on a senior-friendly vacation in Europe

Family vacations should be all about inclusivity. Europe isn’t just for the young; it’s for everyone who appreciates unique experiences and incredible opportunities. Below are 3 of our favorite recommendations for a senior-friendly vacation.

Milan

Italy has a diverse landscape that provides a stunning backdrop to its deeply-rooted cultural traditions. It’s certainly a favorite with tourists. Of the many destinations in the country, Milan provides the highest level of accessibility for seniors. In 2016, Milan won the EU Access City Award for promoting Universal Design standards for public spaces. The iconic city was recognized for its exhaustive work in removing architectural and social barriers to independent living. Therefore, Milan is a great destination for the elderly and handicapped. To date, all of Milan’s modern subways are fully handicap accessible.

Berlin

This friendly city is a must for seniors who enjoy traveling. It is undeniably modern, yet rich in history and culture. Berlin received an extensive renovation after the bombing campaigns of World War II. As a result, the city’s state-of-the-art architecture is the envy of other cities in Europe. For example, there are elevators in most multi-story buildings. This increases the overall accessibility for seniors and disabled persons. Much of Berlin’s public transit system is also wheelchair-friendly. In 2013, Berlin won the EU Access City Award. Moreover, the city has committed to a 100% accessible and barrier-free environment by 2020.

Ireland

The Emerald Isle is a land of romance. Its lush landscape is flanked by scenic coasts and adored by those who treasure an excellent quality of life. In recent years, the country has increased its efforts to make the best of Ireland accessible to everyone. To date, Ireland’s National Journey Planner System provides travel information for those with mobility challenges. Additionally, many of Dublin’s public buses are wheelchair-accessible. There are even wheelchair-accessible taxis in the city!

As can be seen, Europe is an attractive destination if you’re thinking of traveling with seniors. With a little bit of planning, you can enjoy a relaxing, stress-free vacation.

At David York home healthcare agency, our focus is on improving the quality of life for seniors. If you would like more information on how providing care to your loved one can benefit your family, contact us today! We are happy to answer all questions.

For more information about David York Agency’s qualified, compassionate caregivers, contact us at (877) 216-7676. A free phone consultation can help you decide what services might be best. We aim to provide you and your loved one with the assistance they need. If you’d like to hear more from us, please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google+, or LinkedIn

Staying Independent: Smart Speakers for Seniors

The US Census Bureau reports that the 65 and older population grew faster than any other demographic group between 2000 and 2010. Today, seniors are living longer and expecting more from their twilight years. Unquestionably, they are redefining the purpose and meaning of aging.

According to an AARP survey, an astounding 90% of seniors favor independent living. What’s more, they welcome the role of smart technology in facilitating this goal. Today, high-tech monitoring systems such as smart speakers are giving seniors the ability to preserve their valued independence.

Staying Independent: Smart Speakers for Seniors

What Smart Speakers Can Do For Seniors

Today’s smarts speakers are state-of-the-art tools. There are no wires, electrical plugs, or microphones to manage. Therefore, they are perfect for seniors who suffer from arthritis or other joint diseases. The speakers operate by voice commands. Once the activation word is spoken, the smart speakers can hear and respond to queries. This means that seniors can make requests from the comfort of their beds or couches.

Seniors can choose between Google Home, Amazon’s Alexa, Microsoft’s Cortana, or Apple’s Siri. The choice of a digital assistant will depend upon personal preferences.

Today’s smart speakers can activate lights, change thermostat settings, or even turn off the oven. They can also remind seniors to take their medications, pay their bills, or check their stock portfolios. Seniors who have failing eyesight can rely on smart speakers to read their favorite novels to them. Most importantly, family members can monitor their loved ones remotely. In the event of an emergency, smart speakers can initiate 911 calls and alert the proper authorities.

So, which smart speakers for seniors should you purchase? Here are 3 industry recommendations that may interest you.

Top Smart Speakers for Seniors

Sonos One is Wired’s top choice for “best overall speaker.” It’s affordable, has excellent sound quality, and can connect to over 65 music and audio services. It also supports Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant and connects to many smart home devices.

Next, Wired ranks the JBL Link 20 as the “best portable speaker.” It’s waterproof, has a ten-hour battery, and is compatible with a number of streaming services and Google apps. This means that seniors can enjoy evergreen music through Youtube, Pandora, or Spotify. The JBL Link 20 also features Google Assistant, which plays Netflix shows and answers questions with expert authority.

The Wired choice for “best smart speaker with a screen” is the Amazon Echo Show. Amazon Echo plays Amazon Prime videos and daily news briefings. It also shows the lyrics to some Amazon Music tracks, and best of all, it supports video calls. This means that seniors can stay connected to their loved ones on a regular basis.

So, how do you like these choices? If you’d like more information about independent living and aging in place, we’re happy to help. Our health professionals can make recommendations about smart technology and ways to help your loved ones retain their independence as they navigate their twilight years.

For quality senior services, contact us. For more information about David York Agency’s qualified, compassionate caregivers, contact us at (877) 216-7676. A free phone consultation can help you decide what services might be best. We aim to provide you and your loved one with the assistance they need. If you’d like to hear more from us, please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google+, or LinkedIn. We’re happy to answer all of your questions.

Including Seniors On Family Vacations

If you’ve ever watched a parent age before your eyes, you know that it’s a terrible experience. Your grief overwhelms you, and you feel powerless. You want to help your parent, but you fear you have few options. You think a vacation might help, but you’re not sure it’s such a good idea. Like all concerned caregivers, you understand the importance of companionship. But, how does one include a depressed parent on family vacations?

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What Vacations Mean To Each Of Us

As we age, many of us lose the ability to engage in physical activities. We find it difficult to hike, swim, or bike. Exercising becomes an ordeal. However, many of us retain our love for companionship and traveling.

In fact, socializing and exploring keeps us feeling human. These activities make us feel worthy and happy.

Many seniors deteriorate physically and emotionally when left to sit at home. They eventually require more medications and more assistance. Their health is vastly improved, however, when they are included in family activities. They are able to maintain longer periods of mobility and are less likely to suffer dementia issues.

Unique Ways To Include Seniors On Family Vacation Trips

By making some simple adjustments, we can include seniors on family vacations.

If your loved one has mobility issues, call ahead to make sure that the hotel provides wheelchair-accessible accommodations. This can include anything from wheelchair ramps to wheelchair-accessible bathrooms.

Seniors also need to adhere to medication schedules on vacation. So, make sure that all medications are up-to-date and clearly labeled with the proper dosages and times.

Above all, make sure that your vacation schedule is flexible. Mom may enjoy vacationing with the family, but she may also appreciate a few quiet nights in her room. While she enjoys some downtime, everyone else can check out the latest hot-spots. A little flexibility can go a long way towards ensuring a stress-free vacation for everyone.

Last, but not least, you may also consider bringing a professional caregiver with you. A healthcare professional can be invaluable during vacations. He/she can assist with your loved one’s hygiene needs or provide assistance out of vehicles/wheelchairs. Additionally, an agency caregiver usually has First Aid/CPR certification. If your loved one is prone to falls or accidents, a professional caregiver can give you peace of mind when you travel.

At David York, we are all about compassionate care for seniors and families. For more information on quality senior services, contact us. We are happy to answer all of your questions. If you’d like to hear more from us, please like us on Facebook or follow us on TwitterGoogle+, and LinkedIn.

3 Historic Spas That Are Perfect For Senior Vacations

A vacation at a relaxing spa can do wonders for a senior’s well-being. Many spas are located at natural spring resorts that have benefited visitors for centuries. These resorts offer relaxing hydrotherapy baths in naturally heated pools. They also provide spa services such as rejuvenating massages, facials, and body treatments.

Seniors will appreciate the accessibility of the resorts. Many resort rooms come with wider doors and grab bars to accommodate guests with mobility issues.

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Roosevelt Baths & Spa At Saratoga Springs

Native Americans have long treasured the healing springs at Saratoga. For centuries, tribes like the Mohawk have harbored a deep reverence for the “place of swift water.” Eventually, white settlers descended on the region in the 19th century. Not long after, doctors began urging their patients to “take the cure” at the springs. Today, locals tout the spring’s beneficial effect for sufferers of bone, muscle, and joint ailments.

Did you know that the emerald color of the healing springs is derived from the water’s high mineral content? Guests at the historic Roosevelt Baths & Spa are treated to luxurious, sparkling baths in beautiful tubs. They also get to enjoy exfoliating skin treatments that rejuvenate, detoxify, and renew.

Seniors who enjoy walks will likely appreciate the nearby Saratoga Springs State Park. The park boasts a picturesque lake and one of the oldest outdoor pools in the state. In the summer, seniors can spend carefree days at the famous Saratoga Race Track.

The Greenbrier At White Sulphur Springs

This popular spring is located in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia. The Greenbrier has attracted former presidents and dignitaries to its therapeutic waters since 1778. Today, the modern Greenbrier consists of cozy cottages, resort rooms, and condominiums. Guests enjoy a variety of spa treatments and meditation therapies. They also savor full-body treatments and massage therapies.

The Greenbrier hotel has its own clinic in addition to the spa. The clinic offers a comprehensive wellness examination and cosmetic surgery for interested guests. Seniors who appreciate a variety of activities will love the on-site championship golf course and casino.

The Bedford Springs Resort

This historic spring is located in Cumberland Valley in Southern Pennsylvania. Dr. John Anderson purchased the property in 1796 and opened its first resort spa in 1805. Due to the popularity of the waters, Dr. Anderson built a hotel on the premises in 1806. It was called the Stone Inn and was the resort’s first hotel. Subsequently, he added an indoor swimming pool in 1905. The pool is fed by the property’s spring waters. Guests can enjoy the heated pool at any time of the year.

This hotel is now managed by Omni Resorts. Today, its Springs Eternal Spa offers therapeutic bathing, soothing massages, and beauty treatments. Guests can also play a round of golf at the resort, which houses the state’s first golf course.

At David York Agency, our priority is the health and well-being of our seniors. For more information about David York Agency’s qualified, compassionate caregivers, contact us at (877) 216-7676. A free phone consultation can help you decide what services might be best. We aim to provide you and your loved one with the assistance they need. If you’d like to hear more from us, please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google+, or LinkedIn

How Technology Can Improve The Quality of Life For Seniors

Technology can be a godsend for senior and caregiver alike as they seek to grapple with the negative effects of aging and their associated demands. We are always on the lookout for the latest trends in technology in order to keep our readers up-to-date and to encourage them to be early adopters if they feel it will help their families.

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One such devastating condition is dementia. It affects everyone connected to the patient. Family members struggle with the patient’s inability to remember shared memories. Meanwhile, caregivers experience feelings of anxiety, exhaustion, and frustration. Many even admit to suffering prolonged bouts of depression. In truth, caregivers feel isolated. They struggle alone and find it increasingly difficult to keep their loved ones safe. Fortunately, with ever-evolving technology, both caregivers and seniors can experience a better quality of life.

Of course, such a solution is not without its challenges. For example, many elderly patients doubt their ability to navigate new technology. They may experience feelings of inadequacy where technology is concerned.

 

In any case, patients need not fear. Many senior care centers now offer senior technology literacy classes. Additionally, more libraries are offering classes on Internet basics. Seniors can now learn how to navigate social media, download e-books, and use Google Search with confidence. Some enterprising libraries even offer help sessions, where seniors can get answers to their technology questions.

Cell Phones for Older Adults

The world of commerce has certainly taken note of this increased focus on seniors and technology. Many cell phone companies now offer mobile devices that are senior-friendly. These have large numerical displays and brightly lit, buttons. Some phones are even hearing-aid compatible. Furthermore, they may also have a larger font, one-touch emergency dialing, and built-in LED flashlights.

Personal Emergency Response Systems Saves Lives

Today, an increasing number of mature individuals choose to live in their own homes as they age. In this light, it is imperative that they have access to dependable medical emergency response systems (MERS). Caregivers can select MERS according to individual requirements. For example, they can choose MERS with fall detection and medical monitoring capabilities for loved ones who are prone to falling. Caregivers can also track loved ones on the road with MERS that have GPS tracking capabilities. It is worth noting that all MERS should connect to highly competent response centers. Ideally, response times should be in seconds, rather than minutes.

Medication Management For Seniors

Many seniors take medication on a daily basis. So, it is important that they have access to an effective medication management system. To that end, there are now smartphone apps that remind seniors to take their daily pills. Additionally, these apps even sound alerts when it is time to get a prescription refilled.

The Importance Of Social Media

Social media sites such as Facebook can be crucial to a senior’s well-being. Today, increasing numbers of the elderly live alone. They enjoy little social interaction with others and become persistently isolated. Eventually, they develop symptoms of chronic depression. Studies show that disconnected people are 3 times more likely to die than people who enjoy healthy relationships.

Unquestionably, we live in an advanced age. Today, seniors need not suffer alone. Instead, they can leverage modern technology to make daily aspects of their life easier and more fulfilling.

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For more information about David York Agency’s qualified, compassionate caregivers, contact us at (877) 216-7676. A free phone consultation can help you decide what services might be best. We aim to provide you and your loved one with the assistance they need. If you’d like to hear more from us, please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google+, or LinkedIn