How Smart Home Gadgets Could Improve Seniors’ Health
Though your Mother, Father, Grandma, and Grandpa refuse to admit it, they’re getting older. Their whole generation is! The boomer generation, one of the largest demographics in the Western world, is slowly easing its way towards retirement, putting a strain on relatives, at-home care professionals, hospitals, and government coffers.
The self-serve, smart home technological boom couldn’t have come at a better time. Though cold, emotionless gadgets are a poor substitute for a son or daughter’s helping hand, technology has certainly come a long way.
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The tech market is booming with a whole host of devices that can make the lives of seniors easier, healthier, and safer. Smart devices can help keep your aging relatives independent, too! Today, we explore the ways in which the golden age of at-home tech can air your aging loved ones well in to their golden age. Let’s go!
Voice-Activated Personal Assistants
AI controlled personal assistants used to be a sci-fi pipe dream. Not anymore. These days, a quick trip to Best Buy and 50-bucks can buy you a personal assistant that’s far superior to that lady that works the front desk of your office building. Alexa won’t clip her fingernails above her keyboard either.
That’s right! Whether you opt for Amazon Echo, Google Home, Microsoft’s Cortana, or Apple’s Siri doesn’t really matter. The important thing is that, all of the devices above allow seniors to offload the daily heavy lifting to a computer.
Using a series of simple and intuitive voice commands, seniors can set reminders, order food to their door, listen to audio books and music, and even make phone calls!
Loneliness is about much more than depression. Social isolation kills. It’s a fact. Researchers at Brigham Young U in Utah have determined that social isolation negatively affects the health seniors just as much as alcoholism or smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
Thankfully, catching up with the little ones is infinitely easier with video conferencing apps and services like Skype and FaceTime. Though it’s tough to replace the tender touch of your grandkids, video conferencing is certainly an adequate plan B. The apps are easy to use too! Just teach Grandma to open the app and, of course, call her!