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

Tackling Technology with the Elderly

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Technology + Seniors ≠ Oil + Water

For many seniors, learning how to use a new form of technology can be intimidating. A lot has changed since they were in their prime learning years. As such, many elderly individuals resist using technology at all. If your loved one is apprehensive about incorporating technology into their life, try to be understanding of their fears. Be supportive and encouraging. Ease them into it slowly, and most important, be patient. The elderly and technology do not have to be like oil and water. 

Seniors Can Learn More Than You Think

If you yourself are having trouble explaining this technology to your elderly loved one, you may want to call in the grandchildren. Chances are, the grandkids will be far better teachers because they’re using social media and technology all the time.

Another idea is to enroll for one of the free computer training courses. These are often offered through senior centers, churches or the library. It is a good way to meet like-minded people who are curious and open to learning. If you are not into technology, consider enlisting the help of a tech-savvy neighbor or a professional instructor.

If none of these are an option, you can go to YouTube or Google and search for videos on any subject you want to learn. In other words, you could search for “how to join Facebook” or “how to post on Twitter” or “how to use Pinterest.” Every search will bring up a lot of videos and you can watch several to learn what you need to know. The nice thing about watching videos is that you can watch them over and over and even pause them when you need to slow things down.

Of course, social media and technology aren’t replacements for real human interaction and care. If you need help caring for and accompanying an elderly loved one, it may be time to seek the help of an in-home health care agency. At David York Agency, we provide a variety of personal health care services that support both the mental and physical wellness of the elderly and infirmed.

For more information about David York Agency’s qualified, compassionate home caregivers, contact us at 718.376.7755. A free phone consultation can help you decide what services might be best. It is our aim to provide you with the assistance you loved one needs as he or she ages. If you’d like to hear more from us, please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn.

 

Social Media: Senior Citizen’s Gateway to the World

The older generation has seen the world change at breakneck speed. While there are few who remember the horse and buggy, there are still those around whose memories span from the trolley car all the way to the walk on the moon. Communication for them shifted from letter writing and telegrams to the telephone and, now, email. Ever adaptable, the elderly in our midst have now come to embrace what would have been science fiction to them in their youth – email, Skype, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. These are the senior citizen’s gateway to the world at large.

Senior Citizen Internet Use

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According to the Pew Research Center, internet use among those 65 and older grew 100% between 2009 and 2010 showing the largest growth in a demographic. They use it to bridge the geographic gap between them and their loved ones far away. They also use it as a tool to re-connect with friends from a far off time. Studies show that the internet has become an important tool in reducing isolation, loneliness and other depressive symptoms. It has become a healthy emotional outlet and word of its benefits has spread like wildfire among the elderly.

In addition to the psychological benefits, the internet has become an important way to exercise the minds of our senior citizens. Older adults emphasize the informational and educational aspects of the internet using it in an encyclopedic fashion. While their younger counterparts use social media in a “selfie” sort of way, the elderly, who are very sensitive to privacy issues, use it to connect with like minded individuals. They often use it to visit government sites or to research financial issues. They also use it to find out health information and to connect with others experiencing the same health challenges.

Senior Citizen Training

Computer classes at senior centers are growing in popularity. They offer computer basics as well as instruction in using email and other social media platforms such as Facebook. The Jewish Council for the Aging in Washington, D.C. offers an entire Senior Tech program. Seniors have discovered that Skyping is a great way to bring relatives from faraway destinations right into their living rooms. Twitter has become popular for keying into specific news sections they want to follow. Many of the elderly have uncovered the beauty of the digital travelogue and the value of have a book review available through a simple click.

Having this gateway to the outside world is critical once the elderly become homebound. David York Home Healthcare Agency is very sensitive to the potential of feeling isolated. We make every effort to send caring and compassionate home health aides into the client’s home. David York Agency provides skilled home health aide services for the elderly in their home and is abreast of all the latest guidelines and trends for seniors.  We would be happy to discuss your case with you.  Please call us at (718) 376-7755 or visit our website.  You can also follow us on FacebookTwitter, or LinkedIn.