How Seniors Can Use Tech to Stay Healthy and Connected
Social distancing is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. However, it can be challenging for aging seniors as sudden isolation can be overwhelming. Technology is one way to help seniors stay healthy and connected during this pandemic.
Here’s how technology can help seniors to meet their basic needs, stay connected, and fit.
Keep in Touch with Their Loved Ones
During these isolated times, keeping in touch with their family and friends is essential for seniors. They may need less sophisticated devices that are more user-friendly, like a tablet for making video calls and to share photos. Seniors who are familiar with a smartphone can use apps like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Skype, which are simple enough to set up and use.
Shop for Food and Supplies
There are many food delivery services and mail-order pharmacies available online, which eliminates the need to step outside the house for food and supplies. These services can be easily used even by seniors. They can get their groceries, and other essential items delivered right to their door.
Many senior centers and gyms are closed to prevent further spread of the virus. However, technology and the internet can help seniors to stay active. They can watch exercise videos on YouTube while they are practicing social distancing.
Monitor their Health
Apart from helping seniors to remain fit, technology can also help them to stay healthy. For example, there are many medical alert systems available for seniors having various health issues. Similarly, several apps can be used to keep track of prescription drugs. If available, they can book a telemedicine visit with their doctor. This reduces the need for an in-person visit.
Smartphones and computers offer advanced setting options, so you can save login information, setup screen without passkey or encryption, create shortcuts of important contacts, messenger apps, or audio-video players. This lets your senior parents use these devices without any hassle.
If you need help caring for your senior parents during social distancing, contact us at 949.514.8303.