As stereotypes would have it, millennials are addicted to their smartphones, while their grandparents are pining for the days of the rotary phone. However, according to statistics this is simply not true: over 60 percent of all seniors use the internet or social media, with numbers growing by 6 percent every year. It’s easy to see why: there are many ways that technology can assist senior citizens.
Catch a ride
Over 80 percent of seniors live in car-dependent rural or suburban communities – a problem for those who can no longer drive but need transportation to get to doctors’ appointments, run errands and visit family. But with apps like Uber, Lyft and Juno, seniors can get around easier, no driving required.
Numerous apps and wearable devices help seniors and their caregivers stay on top of daily health needs and nutrition requirements. For example, products like Fitbit or Microsoft Band track heart rate, physical activity, sleep quality and more, and can share the data with family, friends and caregivers.
Stay in touch
Families can be spread out all over the country, or even the world. Technology and social media have enormous potential to alleviate isolation and loneliness for seniors by helping them stay in touch with friends and family, wherever they may live. Facebook, email, Skype and other online tools help them connect with others.
As we’ve seen, smartphones aren’t just for young people – they can improve the lives of senior citizens, too. BEK Medical is also a great resource for senior citizens, supplying high-quality equipment that promotes health and comfort. Give us a call at 915-599-1129 to find out more!