Whether you’re trying to keep up with younger family members or you’re trying to make an appointment for a COVID vaccination, like it or not, you need to be up on the latest technology.
Some devices may still be somewhat intimidating, but digital devices have become more user-friendly over the years.
If you can yell, “Alexa!” you have the ability to get the news and weather, find out where your delivery is and, more importantly, call for help just by using your voice.
According to AARP, people over age 50 are using smartphones, tablets, smart speakers and wearable devices as much as adults ages 18-49. Many say they use their devices daily, mostly for social media.
Those who are not adopting technology say there is a lack of knowledge and a presence of health problems, such as hearing and vision issues. Cost is also sometimes noted as a reason for shying away from buying that smartphone or Apple watch.
Most devices that are specifically designed for older people, such as wearable fall-detection devices, are viewed as a negative stereotype for aging.
Charlotte Yeh, the chief medical officer at AARP, says technological devices geared toward older adults should not only focus on protecting their safety, but also give them a feeling of purpose and connection, as well as a positive view on aging.
Some examples of these products include the Amazon Alexa Care Hub, created for independent living with the security of knowing you’re connected to loved ones; and the BUDDY app for Fitbit smart watches to monitor and manage fall prediction, prevention and detection, medication schedules and reminders, GPS locations and emergency notifications, all with modern style.
Some libraries and township recreation departments provide free instruction on how to use tablets and e-readers, like Amazon Kindle. Check their schedules or grab your teenage grandkids to hook you up. Technology is a necessary part of today’s world, and once you embrace it, you’ll feel less isolated and more in control of your daily life.