Technology Aging Revolution
Technology Aging Since the early 20th century there have been technological developments that improve quality of life for human beings as they age. What differs is the kind of technology and what it offers us as human beings.
Time and continued usage 'normalizes' most technological developments. There was a time when wheelchairs and walkers were considered 'important technological advancemens'. Today we think of these as being ordinary just as we consider eye glasses, hearing aids, electronic timers, telephone answering systems etc. as normal. So what do we know about Technology Aging today?
There a number technological assists that can make your life a little easier - Technology Aging helps for us all
- Communication with Skype If you know all about Skype and are ready to download the program, click the link. (It takes you to a page for Microsoft download but the page also links to the MAC page you click on the GET SKYPE button on the top of the site. Click her
Skype allows you to make free 'computer to computer' phone calls. But what most elders like about SKYPE with a web cam is that it allows you to visit face-to-face electronically. If you do not live close to friends or family SKYPE is worth having. And if you are ever home bound by weather or illness, SKYPE will allow you to visit face to face'' with friends and family on a daily basis. Click for: Skype for Seniors
- Safety Devices
Home security systems
Web cams A number of computer savvy people are installing web cams in the main rooms. This allows them to monitor any activity that might take place while they are at work or away from home. More than one homeowner has seen a robbery in progress, been able to call the police from their remote location AND they have a visual image of the thief! This is not difficulty to set up. If it seems a bit beyond you, ask a grandchild... We have all seen the ads for 'fall alert devices' - usually a push button device that a person can use to summon help if they fall or have another emergency. These devices often offer a sense of greater security to older persons who are frail or whose balance is compromised as well as those who live alone. They also offer security to children or family members who might otherwise worry about an elder who lives alone. Devices to prevent wandering Currently there are a number of devices that you can attach to an ankle or clothing
of a person who suffers from dementia that will alert you (or some third party) if they wander tool far from home. You
can set the distance. Some want to be alerted if the person leaves the premises, others want to allow taking a neighborhood
walk. for more information, go to
Robot vacuums are now in many department stores. So too are robot grass cutters. Nice for
those who find such physical tasks becoming more difficulty. But robot assistance is still in development.
Expect robots that will fix a simple meal, serve it and bring the dishes back to the kitchen....so too 'tidying up'
or picking up the mail or morning paper is on the horizon
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