Assistive technology for seniors

Updated: Jul 2, 2019



I always encourage seniors to embrace elderly technology and enjoy the benefits that such technology offers, not only in personal security and comfort, but for a greater sense of peace and well-being, and to give caregivers relief from anxiety or worry.



Here are some useful, easily available and affordable options you might want to consider:


1. Medical alert devices: also known as personal emergency response systems, enable users to contact and request assistance in emergency situations from a variety of monitoring centres.


2. Video cameras/web cams: enable real-time virtual environments in which seniors and caregivers can interact as and when desired.


3. Cell phones: choose a simple, user-friendly one with a longer battery life. Make sure the buttons are large enough for them to see and use. Set alarms to remind them of appointments and medications. Consider putting emergency contacts on speed-dial.


4. Free internet games: Learning and retaining cognitive skills doesn't have to be boring. Internet games are available for free at numerous websites on the Internet


Take the time to browse the Internet for free Internet games as well as types of games that may interest your loved one. Caregivers should also take a few minutes out of their day to play a game or two to help keep their brains stimulated and to offer a bit of entertainment during breaks in caregiving!


Do you have a great recommendation or advice for others that are considering Assistive Technologies? Write a comment and read what others are saying...


Nikita

Healthcare Consultant, in4MED

nikita.parikh@in4med.ca

www.in4med.ca



The author of this blog post is a Physician with over 10 years of experience working in the healthcare system as a clinician, researcher and educator. She is passionate about healthcare for older adults and strives to be a resourceful inspiration to caregivers.


*No content on this site, regardless of date, should ever be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified healthcare professional.

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