As we get older, the risk of developing certain health problems increases. Fortunately, modern technology can help us to get around many of these problems. Below are just several ways in which technology can help in older age.
Many of us experience mobility issues later in life. There are many pieces of technology that can be worth investing in to help stay mobile. For those that have trouble getting upstairs in their home and don’t want to move home, installing a stairlift could be a good solution. As for walking long distances outdoors, there are options worth looking into such as electric bicycles and mobility scooters. Technology such as stairlifts and mobility scooters can, unfortunately, have a bit of an image problem – if you know an older loved one that is reluctant to embrace such technology despite suffering severe mobility issues, it could be worth offering some encouragement, especially if they have already had several falls.
When it comes to staying connected with loved ones at in older age, it can also be beneficial to embrace technology. Social media can be a great tool for staying connected with loved ones. Video call technology can also be useful for having face-to-face communication when you may not be able to talk in person. If you have an aging parent that isn’t familiar with this technology, it could be worth helping them to get started. It could be particularly beneficial for older people living alone.
Many older people enjoy the experience of going to a physical shop, however, some older people with mobility issues can find it physically strenuous. Embracing online shopping could help to make buying groceries and other items easier. Online shopping can be fairly easy to get to grips with, but those that aren’t computer literate may require a helping hand getting started.
Combating hearing loss
Hearing loss is common in older age. An easy way to treat hearing loss is to prescribe a hearing aid. This hearing aid guide explains what to look for in these devices – certain styles may be better for certain types of people and certain types of hearing loss. Many people with hearing loss are able to detect it themselves but do not always seek treatment. If you’ve noticed signs of hearing loss in an elderly loved one (Do they constantly ask you to repeat things? Do they like to set the TV volume very high?), it could be worth talking to them about getting a hearing test and possibly a hearing aid.
Managing memory decline
A lot of people experience memory loss as they get older. Once diagnosed with dementia, it can be worth investing in memory aids. Smartphones can be a great memory aid tool – many have features that allow you to set reminders and alarms. There are also gadgets that can dispense pills at certain times, which could be useful for those with memory loss and other health problems. 24-hour clocks can also be useful for loved ones with more severe dementia who may not always be able to tell what time of the day it is from a regular 12-hour clock.