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Technology Provides Social Benefits to Seniors

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Many different types of technology exist that are suitable for seniors. From tablets and smartphones to assistive listening devices, these technologies can be used to help seniors remain socially active and engaged with the world and everyone around them. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Tablets – As one ages, completing tasks on a computer can become difficult. Tablets, iPads and other mobile devices are easy for seniors to use because they have touchscreen capabilities. In addition, seniors can adjust text sizes so they can more easily enjoy reading ebooks, listening to music, making connections on social media and other activities. While there is a bit of a learning curve with these devices, Mesa elder care specialists report that seniors who engage in such devices and activities enjoy a higher sense of value and self-worth. They are also continuing to learn and broaden their horizons which can help deter cognitive decline.
  • Skype – Skype is a video talking program allows seniors to connect with loved ones through the Internet from anywhere in the world. This type of technology lets seniors talk by video and see their children, grandchildren and other family members. No longer do seniors have to miss out on memorable moments. Scheduling a weekly chat also gives seniors something to look forward to and can play a large role in boosting their mood out overall outlook.
  • Smartphones – Like tablets, smartphones have touchscreens and some come with voice-activated controls. Using voice control, the senior can voice desired phone functions rather than having to navigate and type. For example, a senior can voice, “Call my daughter” and the phone will automatically dial the preprogrammed number. Not only does this make it easy for seniors to keep in touch with family and friends, but it can also be a lifesaver in the event of an emergency.
  • Amplifiers – For the hard of hearing, phone amplifiers can add an extra boost in tone and volume when it becomes difficult to understand speech while talking on the phone. Phone amplifiers can be attached to a range of phones to amplify the sound of the other person speaking. This is helpful when a phone doesn’t have volume control or the volume isn’t powerful enough to hear. Because hearing loss is related with higher instances of depression among older adults, amplifiers can help prevent seniors from suffering negative side effects including withdrawal and hopelessness.

If you or a loved one has difficultly staying connected, consider the many types of technologies available that can help. For more information about keeping seniors safe at home, contact Home Care Assistance of Mesa today. We offer flexible hourly and live-in schedules and also provide dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and stroke home care in Mesa. Call (480) 699-4899 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a friendly Care Manager.