How Technology is Changing Senior Care

Posted on 12/13/2021

Technology gives the gift of connectedness. As we age and enter the later stages of life, technology can assist in ways that were not previously possible. Older adults are finding ways to use smartphones and computers to have a better quality of life than previous generations. As technology advances, so do ways to support senior care. Technology constantly changes and improves and gives the world new ways to live better and stay healthy. Here are a few ways that technology is changing senior care for the better.

Stay Connected

Social media has changed what is possible, at a time when social connection is more important than ever. Now it's easy to reach out to friends and family who live far away. You don’t have to feel lonely and isolated. Instead, you can hop on social media and chat with loved ones, send videos, and even find like-minded groups that share your favorite hobbies. You can read your grandson a bedtime story or watch a movie together.

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Don’t be intimidated by technology. If you are struggling to learn how to use social media apps, ask a friend or family member to show you how to take advantage of it.

Regularly chatting with loved ones is good for your mental health. It gives you the feeling of belonging, boosts happiness, and reduces stress. No one should have to deal with life’s ever-present challenges alone, and technology has made it so you don’t have to. Whether you are connecting with family, old friends, or making new ones, connecting makes people happy. According to one study, bonding with others leads to a healthier and, surprisingly, a longer life. So get online and connect with family and friends — it’s good for your health.

Monitor Health

Nowadays, numerous apps and telehealth professionals provide a way to monitor and maintain your healthy body and mind. These apps can help monitor and identify symptoms, find nearby doctors, alert your doctor of any changes, give you reminders to take medicines, and alert your family if needed.

One app that manages all of this is MediSafe. It can help you keep track of medicine, doctor’s appointments, and any other medical information. Another great app is SeniorSafetyApp, which can help you stay safe and keep your loved ones involved in your life. It helps protect against falls, getting lost, and the online scams and abuse that targets the elderly. You can learn more about the different apps and find one that works for you and your family. Knowing help is at your fingertips if you need it means peace of mind for you and your family.

Keep Sharp with Brain Games

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Unfortunately, aging comes with memory loss. Dementia and Alzheimer's are extreme cases of distinct changes in memory function. Doctors have long believed in the connection between a healthy body and a healthy mind. Research confirms that keeping the mind active is essential to keeping the memory and thought function in place. Studies have shown that brain games help with memory loss, and while they can’t completely prevent Alzheimer’s, they can delay the onset of symptoms. Doctors believe being mentally agile is a great benefit as the aging process takes hold. One way to keep the mind active is by playing brain games.

Technology makes that easy with lots of ways to play different types of games to stimulate the mind. Try Lumosity, a popular app that offers brain teasers and puzzles to keep you super sharp. Or you can play chess virtually, do a crossword, or try your hand at Sudoku. You can play against the computer or find friends that enjoy brain games and play with them. Not only can you keep your brain active but you can have fun with new friends too.

‌Thanks to advances in technology, you can live your best life and be your best self as you age. Loneliness and isolation do not have to affect anyone in assisted living in today’s world. Instead, you can enjoy your time chatting and connecting with friends and family. Boredom is a thing of the past when you have so many fun games to play to keep your mind active. It’s an excellent time to age gracefully and enjoy every minute.

At LivGenerations, you’ll experience resort-style living in luxury retirement communities with access to high-speed internet so you can use technology to keep you healthy and happy.