This past year, the professionals at 24/7 Idaho Home Care witnessed firsthand how essential the role of technology is in the lives of older individuals. As we kick off 2021 and encounter the challenges of the new year, health and wellbeing are at the forefront of how we think about technology for older adults. In the new year, it’s predicted that these trends are among the best technology to help seniors:
Video Conferencing Software
The importance of remaining connected when we can’t physically be near to our loved ones was a lesson learned for individuals of all ages in 2020, and is especially important for senior adults making an effort to remain connected. Platforms such as Zoom, Skype, and Google Chat empower seniors to keep in touch with their family and friends, participate in online book clubs, social groups or classes, and help counter feelings of isolation and loneliness. Additionally, as virtual health appointments increase in popularity among both health professionals and patients, apps like FaceTime and Skype are taking the place of telemedicine platforms to provide more convenience for older adults.
Alexa Care Hub
“Alexa, check in on Dad!” As part of Amazon’s hospitality suite, the Alexa Care Hub is handy for seniors who are living alone or in a community living setting. With features that help caregivers monitor activity and rapidly reach the seniors in their care, the Alexa Care Hub introduces new capabilities in addition to its standard voice assistant offerings. Presently, Amazon Echo devices are used in senior living communities and residential homes across the nation with expectations of a spike in demand. The Alexa Care Hub takes automated communication a step further with medication reminders, customized alerts, and more features that allow aging adults to preserve independence while providing reassurance to their loved ones.
Meditation and Mindfulness Apps
Not exclusively a trend for millennials, meditation and mindfulness apps can help increase both focus and sleep, and help aging adults build the skills needed to release stress and anxiety. Apps like Headspace, Calm, and The Mindfulness App permit users to tailor meditation programs to best suit their needs, giving older individuals the ability to develop a personalized practice. Meditation has even been associated with improving both long- and short-term memory, decreasing loneliness, and boosting cognitive function.
Smart Home Devices
From home security systems to kitchen appliances to medication managers, there seems to be a smart version of nearly every household item these days — and we can plan to see more smart tools on the market in the new year. Although smart devices are becoming widely used in our everyday lives, it’s important to think about the ways that these voice- and motion-enabled systems allow older adults to move independently throughout their day. Bearing this in mind, we anticipate seeing more smart home products created to meet the needs of senior populations while keeping the look and feel of your favorite technology devices.
At 24/7 Idaho Home Care, staying connected with older individuals both online and in person to alleviate loneliness and isolation are at the core of our mission and beliefs. We see the role technology plays in this mission and invite seniors and their family caregivers to contact our experts in home health care in Idaho Falls and surrounding areas at (208) 524-3634 for additional information. See our full service area and array of services for seniors.