A growing number of aging adults have begun to embrace high-tech gadgets. Joining the digital revolution is becoming an easier task for those entering their golden years, as many of the latest devices, while more advanced, aren’t necessarily complex. For many families with aging loved ones, the most common concerns often revolve around their parents’ safety, health, and overall quality of life at home. Fortunately, today’s technology offers a wide selection of easy-to-use gadgets specifically designed to address these concerns. Check out this list of basic gadgets that are becoming popular additions to the households of baby boomers across the nation.
1. Digital Pill Reminders
Studies report one in four adults over the age of 65 take more than six pills a day. A simple digital pill reminder is a gadget that can be set to sound whenever a dosage is required. Easy to hear and program, this small gadget can help your loved one manage the daunting task of taking multiple medications.
If you want to help your loved one maintain a high quality of life while aging in place, consider hiring a professional caregiver. Home care providers can benefit aging adults in a variety of ways. From cooking nutritious meals to offering timely medication reminders, the dedicated caregivers at Home Care Assistance are available to help your elderly loved one 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
2. Emergency Pendants
These small and even fashionable pendants can be lifesavers in emergency situations. With the push of a button, the police, fire department, or other emergency personnel will be notified and dispatched to your loved one’s home. Both families and their loved ones can enjoy peace of mind knowing help is only minutes away.
If you’re concerned about your loved one’s ability to live at home safely, consider hiring a professional caregiver. In Rhode Island, respite care is a great help to many families. Caring for a senior loved one can be overwhelming at times, which puts family caregivers at risk for burnout. However, an in-home caregiver can take over your loved one’s care, allowing you the time you need to focus on your own health, maintain a full-time job, or care for other members of your family.
3. Electronic Stovetop Covers
These devices are simple cover plates that can be installed over existing stovetop burners. Electronically controlled, they limit how hot the burners can get and will automatically shut off once a certain temperature is reached. Eliminating concerns about severe burns and stovetop fires, these devices can give your loved one peace of mind while continuing to enjoy cooking.
4. Game Consoles
Game consoles such as the Nintendo Wii are great for seniors, promoting exercise in a fun way by keeping them moving and stretching. The games are also challenging enough to keep the mind sharp, and many have proven beneficial for seniors with Alzheimer’s.
Tablets and iPads are easier, more portable versions of computers that enable aging adults to read the latest news, watch videos, and enjoy video chats with their loved ones. Older adults can also access a wide variety of games that provide cognitive benefits and, when played with others, offer additional fun while providing a means to interact with friends, family, and grandchildren.
6. Large Font E-Readers
If your loved one enjoys reading but has a difficult time because of diminished vision or problems holding or turning the pages of a traditional book, an e-reader may be the perfect solution. Both the Amazon Kindle DX and the iPad have 9.7-inch screens, which makes it possible to enlarge the font beyond what you would find in a large print book. Most e-readers also allow adjusting or reversing the screen contrast for greater ease of reading.
Some seniors require assistance with an array of daily activities, and they may need more than just gadgets to enjoy a high quality of life. Rhode Island senior care professionals can be a wonderful boon to seniors. Whether they require around-the-clock supervision or just need assistance with exercise and household tasks a few days a week, seniors can enjoy a higher quality of life with the help of trusted in-home caregivers. Reach out to us at Home Care Assistance if you need compassionate professional home care for your loved one. Call one of our friendly Care Managers today at (401) 284-0979.