Blog #519 Senior Health Technologies #1

Coaching for Life Success:  Technology for seniors – part 1

http://seniornet.org/blog/10-pieces-of-technology-seniors-should-embrace/

Okay, yes, I am technically a ‘senior’.  Age is one aspect of being a senior, and according to my driver’s license (and birth certificate and other things), I am 71 years old.

But physical age and mental age can be different!!  There are times that I’m more of a teenager or a kid.

This article highlights ten technology items for seniors (and really many of us).  I will cover five technologies today and the last five tomorrow.

1- iPad and tablets.  This can keep the seniors in touch with the world.  They can play games to keep their minds active and busy; they can read e-books, and if eyesight is getting tired, expand the print for easier readability.  Try using your two fingers to enlarge a print text!!!

2- Hearing aids.  In the past ten years, I have had maybe six hearing tests.  The results say “you don’t need hearing aids yet, but you are on the border”.  Actually, I think I have been hearing much better in the last two years. At times I think people are almost yelling at me.  (I remember the old family doctor (Dr. Chapman), who was growing hard-of-hearing. I’m not sure he realized that he was speaking very loudly to me and would repeat himself if my reply to his question wasn’t loud enough!!)  But, the technology has greatly improved, smaller, transparent and really almost invisible. When the day comes (if it comes), it won’t be a big bulky hearing aid.

3- Video games!!  Yes, video games for seniors.  Keeps their mind busy. The article says “video games have been shown to improve cognition, mental agility, and even physical health for seniors”.

4- Video communications – Skype, Facetime, Google Hangout.  Yes, seniors can keep in touch with their families and friends.  I remember my mother when she first had a Facetime with one of her granddaughters.  She just couldn’t believe that she was in Michigan and talking to her granddaughter in Tennessee!!!  

5- Health tracking software.  You can have software on those iPads/tablets to record one’s health.  You can take your blood pressure and record it for your doctor. With some additional equipment, you can take other vital readings and automatically upload them.  If your doctor/clinic has the software, the readings that a person uploads can be scanned (with artificial intelligence if possible) to see if any of the readings are out-of-line and the person needs to come in for an in-person check (or have a Skype session with a health professional)

So, just a quick look at some technologies for seniors.  More tomorrow.

What about you?  Do you have aging parents, grandparents or others that you worry about (like my 95-year-old Uncle George)?  Can technology help out? (Uncle George is so hard to talk to on the phone because of his hearing, but he likes to see pictures of the family).

Bruce

Posted by Bruce White

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