Seniors Technology

Technology can be fun and practical at the same time so let us remove the frustration and confusion so you can get on with life.

Technologies to help you stay at home:

New technologies and a variety of products on the market can help seniors stay home far longer than in the past:

    • Health Management: Monitor blood pressure, pulse and heartbeat, check your blood glucose levels and more…in your pajamas. Some telehealth systems give you the power to do it all, so you rarely have to make a doctor’s appointment for these routine checks
    • TeleMedicin and Virtual HealthCare: See a Canadian doctor online in 2 minutes or less. Ideal for all your common ailments and prescription renewals. Renewals are faxed to the pharmacy and they deliver it to your door with the option of a pharmacist coming to your home to explain the details of the medications.
    • Prescription Filling & Delivery: Monitor your prescription renewals and delivery from the pharmacy from your home with internet access to the pharmacy.
    • Virtual Assistant: Amazon’s Echo (which is Alexa) or Google Home allows homeowners to control their home with their voice – locking doors, turning lights on and off, adjusting the thermostat or viewing camera feeds. You also can listen to music, get traffic and weather reports, or add items to a shopping cart.
    • Play Online Card Games: Play card games (cribbage, gin-rummy, canasta, spades, etc.) with your friends online when the weather is bad or someone is immobile and not able to make it. Combine this with Skype (internet video calling) to see and hear everyone having a good-ol-time.
    • Stove Fire Prevention Devices: These devices automatically shut off a stove if it is left unattended for a specific time. This could benefit when we become forgetfull.
    • Video Doorbell: This smart technology hooks into existing doorbells that enable a homeowner to see who comes to the door via the phone.
    • Voice and Remote Controlled Thermostat: Monitor thermostat functions including furnace and air conditioning by voice or by cell phone. Some systems also incorporate smoke, radon and carbon monoxide detectors.
    • Home Monitoring Systems: Monitoring systems could help family caregivers keep tabs on the health and safety of senior loved ones. To allow for independence, some systems do not require human intervention and have the ability to monitor even body temperature and sleep. Other systems can alert caregivers to abnormal behavior. Some systems provide fall detectors and emergency response.
    • Smart Lights: Smart lights can be turned on with a smartphone app or, if connected to a smart home assistant, with a voice command. Having an easy way to turn on the light before getting up from the couch or getting out of bed at night — without having to stumble toward an inconveniently placed switch — can make a big difference to how safe a senior is when moving through their own home after dark.
    • Amplified Phones: These phones feature extra-loud ringer and voice volume, straightforward functions, easy-to-use large buttons, backlit keypads, a visual ring indicator, hands-free speaker phone and caller id. There are many options on the market.
    • GPS Tracking Systems: GPS tracking systems can help ensure the safety of older adults and their pets who may wander because of a dementia illness.
    • Nutrition Guides: Seniors — especially those who live alone — often have problems planning meals and getting the nutrition they need. Use technology to keep track of what they should be eating and when.
    • Fitness Tools: The Wii isn’t just for kids and teens. It’s perfect for the 65+ set. Even senior living communities across the country have them, and participate in tournaments and national competitions.
    • Lawn & Garden Chores: A number of useful gadgets are on the market like robot lawnmowers and sprinkler systems that water when their moisture sensors get dry, full programmable for different vegetation.
    • Fall Detectors: If you fall these detectors can hear it and phone for help immediately.
    • Hearing Aids: Having to wear a bulky listening device is no longer an excuse for older adults to go without hearing aids. The continuing miniaturization of devices and the improvement of wireless transmission methods like Bluetooth has meant great strides in hearing assistive technology. Hearing aids can be tiny, transparent, and nearly invisible—or even implanted inside the ear itself.
    • Skype: Speaking of social interaction, one piece of software every senior should get familiar with is Skype. Communicating with family long-distance is a snap, you can view your loved ones in real time, and it’s available for smartphones, tablets, and regular computers.
    • Health Tracking Software: If your senior loved one has a computer or a mobile device, they should be aware of the wealth of software and apps available to help monitor their health, remind them of medications, and even track their nutritional needs, empowering them to take charge of their own wellness. It’s a branch of technology that’s invaluable for caregivers, too.
    • Wireless Internet or WiFi: Most of the technologies on this list wouldn’t be possible without wireless internet. If you want your senior parent to take full advantage of these devices, make sure their residence is internet-ready.
    • Smartphones: Cell phones are becoming more senior-friendly, with models that have larger buttons and readouts, as well as photo speed dialing and voice recognition to make usage easier. Not only are cell phones crucial to helping seniors stay connected with friends and family, they may also help perform critical safety functions like providing medication reminders and GPS locations.
    • Fraud Detection Technology: This new growth in automation technology will help thwart criminals from calling you and extorting money and personal information from you and your friends.
    • GrandPad: instead of an Apple iPad, the GrandPad eliminates the clutter, distractions and complications of other devices, allowing seniors to instantly connect with loved ones. The GrandPad focuses on the following basic functions:
        • Making and receiving a call
        • Playing music
        • Sending and receiving email
        • Works as a camera to take pictures and video
        • Works as a flashlight
        • Works as a calculator
        • Lookup topics like a dictionary and encyclopedia
        • Browse the internet for things like recipes with built in web security from hackers
        • See weather forecasts for your location
        • Order a ride to go to and from your destination
        • Read a variety of articles on your topic of interest