Tech Advice for Seniors

Technology can be hard to navigate, especially for seniors. Having practical, easy-to-use technology can be life-changing for seniors, whether it’s around their home or around their wrist.

Home Surveillance and Security Technology

Older people are at an increased risk for falls or other accidents, particularly in the winters of Nova Scotia. Cameras, coupled with technology that enables seniors to call for help, can let caregivers and family members see what’s going on and provide the appropriate assistance. Cameras can also be placed at the entryway so seniors can see who’s at their door.

Video footage can also be a great tool for seniors who receive in-home help from caregivers. Unfortunately, elder abuse is far too common, but cameras can help act as a deterrent. They can also provide evidence in case an incident occurs.

Using Tech to Connect

Video calling lets seniors and their family members stay connected even if they’re thousands of miles apart. While these types of platforms, such as Zoom and Skype, are usually fairly simple to set up and use, they can still present a challenge for seniors who aren’t as familiar with technology. Seniors might need additional tools to be able to take full advantage of video calling, including a high-quality headset.

If the older person has hearing trouble, a headset can ensure they’re able to hear properly on video calls. You’ll want to find something that’s comfortable for them and easy to use. These are important; otherwise, your senior may get frustrated and not want to use the device, especially if they don’t have anyone around to help them.

There are many types of headsets from a range of brands, so shop around until you find a pair that works for your loved one and your budget. It also might be a good idea to get a spare pair in case it gets misplaced or broken.

Wearable Technology to Monitor Health

As seniors age, it’s critical that they’re able to monitor their health and receive care when necessary. Wearable technology, such as Apple Watches and Fitbits, can provide high-level snapshots of the wearer’s health. These devices track metrics such as heart rate, calorie intake, steps, and more. While not diagnostic in nature, these devices can help seniors track their health and notice changes more quickly.

Keep in mind that some of this technology requires a smartphone and some don’t. Make sure you pick a device that your senior will be able to operate easily and independently.

Technology to Call for Help

Technology to monitor basic health like the kind previously mentioned is great, but what about when there’s a medical emergency? This technology, including Tenera Care wearables, can be used to alert caregivers to falls or other medical events requiring immediate attention. Seniors can simply press a button on the device and summon help. Because this technology is wearable, it’s always available to seniors and there’s a reduced chance of it being lost or damaged.

Finding What Works

Senior-friendly technology exists and is a wonderful benefit for older people. It’s just a matter of finding the technology and getting seniors connected. For more information on this kind of technology, visit Tenera Care.