Great Technology Gadgets for Seniors
Seniors and technology don’t usually go together very well. In fact, most seniors are afraid of emerging technology and learning how to use new gadgets. It used to be that tech companies never made senior friendly gadgets or tailored these products to fit older users. Over the years, this has changed drastically.
Technology and gadgets to improve your life
For older people, new technology and the products made by tech companies are created to greatly improve their lives. From keeping in touch with loved ones to taking medication, it is now more convenient and easier than ever for senior to improve their way of life and keep their independence.
As we all know though, not all tech products are created equal and there are some things that are need be considered when looking into them. These are:
User friendly: Some tech products are way too complicated and can quickly become irritating to use. Look for user-friendly products such as simple to follow manuals and instructions, simple menus, and friendly tech support. Have salespeople go over products with you in store and let them teach you how to use the product as it is intended.
Functional: Just because a product looks cool, contains the latest technology, and has interesting apps, does not mean it is suited to fit your needs and abilities. Like all purchases, consider whether or not this product will actually improve your life and whether or not you will actually end up using it. A fancy remote, for instance, may have a lot of buttons and be able to run multiple gadgets but is it simple enough to just turn on the gadgets you really need such as the DVD player or TV? Or can a simple remote do all these things without the hassle of a million buttons that you will just end up pressing by accident?
Buttons and dials: Try out the gadget in question and make sure the buttons are easy to press, easy to navigate, and easy to read. Hidden dials and smaller buttons are not senior friendly, so do you research and look for products with bigger buttons and easy to find dials.
Now here comes the fun part…Great gadgets for seniors.
Medical dispensers: Companies have created medication dispensers that are more than just an old-fashioned pill box. These can include functions with alarms that buzz or make a sound when it’s time to take a pill. Some medical dispensers are voice activated and then dispense pills. There are even some tech companies that are working on dispensers, which will alert you if you have picked up the wrong medication bottle.
Cell phones: While a lot of cell phone companies are trying new ways to create smaller phones that are packed with the latest technology and applications, there are other companies that are following the trend that caters to seniors. This trend is making simple cell phones with bigger interfaces that allow you to see fonts and menus better along with bigger buttons and simple functions in order to make a phone call or send a text message.
Portable music players: iPads and iPods are not just for your grandchildren anymore. Many seniors use these gadgets to hold their music, audio books, and news programs on podcasts. iPads and iPods are designed for any person of any age to take and enjoy entertainment wherever they go.
Health and safety sensors: Many companies now offer devices much like a home security systems. These gadgets are as simple as wearing an emergency call button around your neck or as high tech as sensors set up around the house that sense and alert you of any unusual activity. There are also devices that can monitor your heart rate, blood pressure, and other vitals and then can be sent to your caregiver or doctor’s office.
Computers: Yes, computers have been around for quite some time and have become even easier to use. Computers now offer bigger displays, bigger keys, and simple functions that make it easier for seniors to use and benefit from. Seniors can use computers to create emails in order to keep in touch with loved ones and friends, look and keep photos, send and receive photos, and access the wonders of the Internet.
The key to enjoying new technology and gadgets for seniors is keep an open mind and be willing to learn. It can be frustrating at first, but if you allow friends and family to help you learn the ropes, technology can be your friend and benefit you in many ways. After all, learning a new recipe or keeping up with friends and family on the Internet is fun and easy, especially with today’s technology!
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