Seniors Turns to Tech for a Safe and Secure Solo Living
Who said the latest technology is only for the young? More and more seniors (and their adult children) are incorporating tech gadgets and applications into their daily lives, and as a result, they are able to maintain their independent living status. From innovations that help loved ones stay connected from afar, to health care monitoring, to help with housework and safety measures, tech is changing the way seniors age in place for the better.
Today’s “silver surfers” are more likely to be adept at using smart phones, e-readers, tablets, and computers than any generation before it. Just consider the numbers: 47 percent of seniors have broad-band internet connection; 46 percent use social networks like Facebook; and 77 percent have a cell phone. As such, they are comfortable with embracing other devices and systems to simplify and secure their lives.
Coupled with the fact that 90 percent of seniors say their preference is to age in place in their own homes, technology creators are focusing their energies on creating solutions for the aging population. Some of those solutions can upgrade homes in such a way that it can help delay or even prevent a move into an assisted living facility or nursing home. For instance, something like a personal alert system (which 79 percent of seniors call a key home feature for later in life) can provide peace of mind for the whole family, knowing that help is just a button push away. Some families even install motion-detecting equipment that will alert loved ones if there is a lack of activity or unusual movement.
Check out this infographic from Home Access Products for a look at the most popular technologies being used by seniors. You just might find the solution you need to make caring for your elderly relative a little simpler.
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