There’s no denying that technology has become a vital part of our daily lives, impacting every age group and demographic. Contrary to the misconception that technology is only for younger generations, today’s digital devices can play a crucial role in enhancing the lives of older adults and ensuring they remain active, engaged and socially connected as they age.
At The Reserve, our active residents use technology in a variety of ways to maintain a fulfilling, vibrant lifestyle. Here’s how:
Connecting with family and friends.
Although nothing can replace in-person contact with family and friends, technology has bridged the distance gap for loved ones who live far apart. With video call applications, email, instant text messaging and social media platforms, older adults can see and interact with loved ones in real-time, regardless of physical distance. This type of instant connection helps foster a sense of togetherness and reduces feelings of isolation for the aging population.
Today’s wearable devices, like the Apple Watch and other smartwatches, can help active adults manage their health and stay on track with fitness goals. These solutions can provide valuable health insights by monitoring activity levels, heart rate and sleep patterns, to name a few. They can also be used for medication or appointment reminders, while many also provide real-time location tracking and “fall down” detection in case of emergencies.
Streamlining everyday tasks.
Many daily tasks can be simplified thanks to today’s in-home digital devices. Home assistants, like Google Home, are voice-commanded and allow users to conveniently control lighting, thermostats, speakers and other appliances with ease. Similarly, online shopping and banking make it easy to manage finances and shop for clothing, groceries and other necessities from the comfort of your home.
Encourage lifelong learning.
With technology readily available at our fingertips, it’s easy to pursue new learning opportunities and an abundance of information with a quick Google search online. For active older adults, retirement is the perfect time to explore a new interest or pursue an old passion. Whether you want to study history, plan a trip, master a new language or research your family genealogy, these online platforms empower older adults to expand their knowledge and stay mentally engaged.
Providing endless options for entertainment.
If you have an e-reader or an audiobook app on your digital device, you can easily access an unlimited amount of reading material with just the tap of a button. Similarly, streaming services and online games provide unlimited hours of enjoyment and mental stimulation for people of all ages.
Empowering Active Adults Through Technology at The Reserve
Technology has the power to enhance the lives of active older adults and improve their well-being. At The Reserve of Geneva, we embrace technology and recognize the importance of making it available so that our residents can further enrich their lives, enhance their relationships and discover exciting new interests in this digital age. To learn more about The Reserve of Geneva, schedule an in-person visit today.