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How Technology Can Help Older Adults

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Although older people consistently have lower rates of technology adoption than the general public, recent research has indicated that this group is becoming more digitally connected than ever. The use of technology and its’ providing information can have a huge impact on your relatives life, helping them to face the difficulties of modern life more easily.

Predominantly built around younger adults, the iPhone and Android app market is flooded with a huge variety of games and social media apps. However, many of these apps can have a huge impact on older adults, giving them helpful tools for making everyday easier.

In this article, we take a look at a few of our favourites and how they can help your loved one in their day-to-day life.

Daily Routine Apps

  • Google Home and Amazon Alexa
    These apps work with the Google Home and Amazon Echo products. Easily play music, listen to the news, call friends and family, or even place Amazon orders just using your voice. Though you can control the Google Home and Amazon Echo products through these apps, once they are set up on the phone, you can perform many actions just using your voice. Older people who have trouble viewing small text on phone screens will find these apps particularly helpful.
  • Skype
    The Skype app is a great way of making international and long-distance calls, whilst avoiding any unwanted charges. It’s simple and easy to use, with many different features other than video calls that help your loved one stay connected – even with family in other continents.
  • Simple Senior Phone
    Simple Senior Phone is a free application geared towards older people who have difficulty navigating their smartphone or mobile device. Simple Senior Phone tackles all of the common complaints seniors have with smartphones and provides practical and attractive solutions. Featuring larger app icons, larger text size, fewer unnecessary applications, clear and bold labels, simple directions and more, it’s a streamlined and simplified way to use a device.
  • Dragon Anywhere
    Dragon Anywhere lets you quickly and accurately send text messages and emails using just your voice. This can be particularly useful if your loved has difficulties with their eyesight or has unsteady hands.

Medical and Reminders

  • WebMD
    WebMD is a great app offering physician-reviewed health content. It also has a great section called the ‘Healthy Target’, which lets you set goals and reminders for eating and exercise habits. While WebMD cannot take the place of your doctor, the app is a great resource for sustaining a healthy diet and routine.
  • Pillboxie
    Pillboxie is the easy way to remember your meds. Other med reminder apps are either too complicated or just downright boring. Pillboxie is easy because it lets you *visually* manage your meds. Scheduling a reminder is as easy as dropping a pill into a pillbox.

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