Technology in this country, though we may not yet be living the life of The Jetsons, has come a long way. It has benefited every generation. Today’s retirees may be enjoying some of the greatest technological benefits of all time.
With no end in sight, the use of technology by aging adults is improving lives. From robotic pets to virtual-reality devices, from smart living technology to safety-focused technology, and from remote care to fitness, it seems nothing is out of reach.
To improve the lives of those living out their golden years, what are some of the greatest technological developments? Let’s find out.
With rare exceptions, most people have at least some version of a smartphone in their possession. For adults between the ages of 65 and 69 years of age, 59% own smartphones. To numerous friends and family, and across time zones, people can be better connected and avoid social isolation.
Right from their hand, your loved one can engage the world, manage medication, play games, check in with grandkids, message their doctor, order the delivery of groceries, and more. All thanks to their smartphone.
Wearable Fitness Technology
Throughout the day, movement and activity are being encouraged where all generations are concerned, courtesy of today’s wearable fitness technology. For older adults, in particular, one of these devices can do the following:
- Encourage physical activity
- Improve mobility
- Monitor sleep
- Monitor heart activity and more
Adults using these devices can set goals, track their progress toward goals, and feel more motivated in the process.
Virtual Reality Devices
In many ways, positive changes are being introduced to the lives of aging adults through virtual reality. For adults who are no longer able to travel, virtual reality can help them explore far-off parts of the world, go on fun field trips, and more.
Memory care communities are making good use of virtual reality devices to help treat dementia, Alzheimer’s, and other memory-related diseases. While visiting a happier time courtesy of virtual reality, a way is provided to help combat depression, social isolation, loneliness, etc.
This is on the same lines as robotic pets (see below), but with a more human-like aspect. These robots can be both companions and caregivers. Naturally, they will not replace human interaction or care, but they can be considerably instrumental where assistance is concerned. They can help manage schedules, medication, and more. They can also assist those who tend to be isolated by helping them stay connected with friends and family.
Studies have shown that extensive health benefits can be enjoyed through pet ownership. Among the vast benefits, love, and companionship, physical exercise, play, and engagement are included. It can become increasingly difficult, however, to care for a pet as a person ages. Enter robotic pets.
These pets can promote happiness, soothe, and delight adults, yet don’t need care and require less responsibility. Thanks to pet “sensors”, human interaction and more are made possible including an artificial heartbeat, the ability to do tricks, and make sounds.
Multiple Benefits Can Be Enjoyed by Your Loved One through Discovery Commons At Wildewood
So your loved one can lead a healthy and happy life, Discovery Commons At Wildewood offers everything they need.
Our amenities are astounding! We have a calendar packed with daily events, offer home maintenance and housekeeping, and round-the-clock nursing care and personal support. Enjoy our nutritious and regionally inspired menu options, prepared fresh for you daily, with three meals a day.
Let us treat you to a delectable chef-prepared lunch – on us, of course – when you schedule a tour of our community. To contact us, call 301.960.3895, or fill out our convenient online form.