The advancement of personal technology has been racing over the past years, and it can be difficult to keep up. But investing in the right technology can be a rewarding and fun decision, says Shawn Apostel, an IT professional and assistant professor at Bellarmine University.
“Studies show that people who keep in touch, keep their brains active, and keep their bodies moving are more likely to…
…live longer, happier lives,” Apostel says. “Since many senior citizens are retired and don’t have the daily routine that comes with working a traditional job, I’d recommend using technology as a way to stay connected and stay mentally and physically fit.”
Here are three apps you can try on your tablet or smartphone today:
Lively is a great app for caregivers. Small sensors are placed on objects within the home, such as prescription pill bottles or the refrigerator, to detect when the resident is taking medications, getting food, or leaving the house. Activity signals are sent from the sensors to Lively’s website (no WiFi required), where the data is held for family members and caregivers to monitor. Data is also shared via smartphone and email with notifications on any irregular activity ($29.95 a month).
For deeper interactions with friends and family, Coddington suggests free video-calling apps such as Skype and Google Hangouts. “Communicating with family long-distance is a snap. You can view your loved ones in real time, and it’s available for smartphones, tablets, and regular computers,” he says. Both applications are similar, but Google Hangouts allows for 10 simultaneous video connections.
Duolingo is a free app that teaches a wide range of languages. The app also allows you to follow other people to track their progress. Duolingo works on most connected devices, so if you only have a computer, you can still use this free, cloud-based software.