Affordable Technology To Enhance Your Senior Loved One’s Safety
Growing older comes with many benefits. Unfortunately, being technologically-savvy often is not one of them. Your senior loved one grew up in an age where the telephone was their primary means of communication and time spent with friends and family meant in-person gatherings. Today, however, times have changed, and we have more options than ever to stay in touch and to keep track of our aging parents and grandparents. Here are a few ways that technology has benefited our silver seniors along with advice on how to make the digital age accessible to those we love the most.
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Affording New Technology
Technology does require an investment. Sometimes, it is as affordable as a home internet plan, while others options can be several hundred dollars or more. Elite Accreditation’s founder, Troy Lair, recently posted about ways to afford life after a cancer diagnosis. Many of these tips are pertinent before a medical emergency, such as utilizing savings, liquidating assets, like additional vehicles you no longer drive, and making lifestyle changes so that more money is available for immediate needs.
In addition to budgetary changes, you can help your aging loved one afford some items, such as a tablet or laptop, by utilizing discounts that you can find online through deal aggregation websites like Rakuten. Apple coupons, for instance, may provide cash back. Likewise, you can use Amazon online retailers to cost compare. Often, brick-and-mortar stores will price match Amazon and other major sellers, and, sometimes, will offer an additional 10% or more off the lowest price you can find.
Senior Monitoring From Afar
Once you have your tech budget established, it’s time to think about the devices and services you need to keep track of your parents or grandparents. A wireless security system is a great example, and these devices will allow you to log in from anywhere if movement or unusual activities are picked up on their property.
Your loved one can also take advantage of home monitoring systems, such as GrandCare, to stand touch with their healthcare providers and provide remote health monitoring information to pertinent parties. These are typically touch-screen devices that help keep up with their schedule, offer access to video games, and allow for easy sharing of photos and other content.
Call and Connect
If your loved one already has a tablet or other computer, including a smartphone, they have an impressive arsenal of options to stay in touch. (If not, video calling devices are affordable and easy to set up.) Even if your loved one does not have a home telephone, these devices connect online, and no phone number is needed.
More active seniors will also benefit greatly from a FitBot or similar tracker that monitors their movements. These can provide valuable insight on their overall wellness and exercise routine, which they can share with their doctor at their next checkup. Perhaps more beneficial, many activity trackers also have a built-in GPS, meaning that if your loved one is not where they are supposed to be when they are supposed to be there, you can find out where they are and send help if necessary. Activity tracking watches cost anywhere from $10 to $100 or more, and many on the lower end of this price range are equally as effective as their name-brand counterparts.
When you want to connect your senior to the 21st century, there’s no way around making a few investments. However, this does not mean that they have to channel their entire life savings into devices and services that will help them stay connected and safe. Look for discounts and make sure to utilize their existing technology, such as their smartphone or laptop. Technology today means you and your loved one can stay in touch around the clock, even when you can’t be together.