There are numerous new technologies on the market that have the capacity to improve an older adults quality of life. Simply owning a device that provides access to the Internet may be life changing. Being able to access the Internet to communicate with friends and family is only one of the numerous ways technology may better the lives of older adults.
In the spirit of the holiday season, here is an offering of tech-based devices or services that may be perfect for the older adult on your gift list.
Reminiscence therapy promotes socialization and has the potential to increase an older adults sense of self worth. Promenade is an iPad app designed for use when visiting loved ones living with dementia or related illnesses that encourages reminiscence and helps to stimulate conversation.
Stitch is an online dating service with a twist. Created specifically for individuals age 50+, the service is not only for those looking for romance and marriage, but it also offers opportunities to find travel buddies, hiking partners and concert goers.
Live!y is a safety watch and sensors that are used to monitor behavior patterns without the use of invasive cameras. The waterproof watch has a help button for emergencies, medication reminders and can also be used as a fitness tracker.
SmartThings Hub devices allow the user to use a smartphone remotely to control and monitor their home. Depending on the kit, users may be able to use their smartphone to control lights, receive security alerts, control appliances and receive notifications when people come and go.
GreenPeak’s “Family Lifestyle Systems are built around a set of wireless …sensor nodes located throughout the home … with advanced behavior pattern recognition capabilities, that learns the normal day to day activities and behavior of people in their home. When irregular behavior or exception situations are identified, family or friends will be notified via a smartphone application that can be integrated with online messaging and social media platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp, WeChat and QQ.”
MedCoach Medication Reminder is a free app for smartphones that reminds you when you need to take your medication. It can also connect you to your pharmacy for prescription refills.
The AliveCor heart monitor is designed for use with mobile devices. It is intended to record, store and transfer single-channel electrocardiogram (ECG) rhythms. The AliveCor Heart Monitor also displays ECG rhythms and detects the presence of atrial fibrillation (when prescribed or used under the care of a physician).
MyVoice offers two apps that help people with speech and language challenges from illnesses such as Parkinson’s or strokes. One is an accessible talking keyboard and the other uses pictures and phrases for communication.
The new Apple Watch is coming in 2015. Besides telling time, the Apple Watch offers a full range of functions from moon phases to stock quotes. For those looking to improve their health, the all day fitness tracker collects data to measure your total body movement, the intensity of movement and how far you moved.
This being the last blog of 2014 we would like to take this opportunity to wish you a happy, healthy holiday season and all the best in 2015!