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Tech for Seniors

Lifestyle & Activities, Technology | August 24, 2018

Remember those days before everyone had a computer in their home?  Remember the days when a phone was just a phone? Whether you love or loathe the technological advancements of the information age, there’s no denying the importance of tech gadgets to the 21st-century lifestyle.  If you’re a senior interested in becoming part of the technological revolution, you should know that there is some tech designed specifically for you!  We encourage the use of life-improvement technology here at American Senior Communities, and here are a few of our favorite pieces of tech designed especially with seniors in mind.

Tablets Designed for Seniors

If a desktop or laptop computer is not for you, a tablet can be the perfect way to send and receive email, keep in touch with friends and family, or even video chat.  Unfortunately, those of us who didn’t grow up with computers can have a lot of trouble learning to use tablets. Luckily, there are a number of software applications available for tablets that make them much simpler to use.  These apps change the appearance of your tablet’s user interface, making the buttons larger and removing unnecessary icons that clutter up your screen. Many also offer 24/7 phone support to help if you get stuck.

Mobile Medical Alert Devices

You’ve probably already heard of the landline-based medical alert devices you can use to summon help when an injury or medical issue has left you unable to move.  These systems work perfectly when you’re at home, but what about when you’re on the go? Thanks to advances in mobile and GPS technology, you can have the same coverage no matter where you are!  There are a number of companies currently offering these types of services, so do some research on the capabilities and monthly costs of each device. After all, who can put a price on peace of mind for you and your family?

Speech-Amplifying Earbuds

Do you have difficulty hearing in loud environments like restaurants but you’re not quite ready for a hearing aid?  Premium audio manufacturers have stepped up to fill that gap with earbuds that amplify speech while drowning out surrounding noise.  Most brands are wireless so you won’t get tangled up in cords and some even offer Bluetooth connectivity to your smartphone so you can listen to music without having look for a separate pair of headphones. You won’t have to miss another word with these earbuds that are so small and discreet that you’ll feel confident wearing them anywhere!

Making the transition into using new technologies can be difficult but there are plenty of companies out there who want to make it easier for you.  You don’t have to be intimidated by high tech gadgets; in fact, they can make your life much easier! If you don’t know where to start, ask a tech-savvy friend, family member or care provider to help you do some research.  You’ll be enjoying 21st century convenience in no time!

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