Cool Tools for Tech-Savvy Seniors…And Those Who Want to Be

Tech-savvy seniors; no it’s not an oxymoron. More seniors than ever are using technology. In fact, 73 percent of people over 65 use the Internet according to the Pew Research Center. Why? It makes life easier and more fun! After all, that’s what technology is all about: convenience and connection. If you haven’t taken to tech yet, don’t worry it’s much easier than you think to learn. Regardless, here are some cool tools that show you just how beneficial technology can be whether you’re at home or in independent senior living.

Tried and True Tech Tools

We can’t believe smartphones have been around long enough to be considered ‘tried and true’ but Pew Research Center reports that now 53 percent of people over 65 have them. Smartphones as well as tablets and e-readers are more convenient than ever for seniors to use with large screens, voice capabilities and the ability to navigate by touch.

While these devices are sort of the gateway to all things technology, some of their biggest advantages are keeping you connected through video chat apps such as FaceTime or Skype as well as social media like Facebook. You can also check email, news, weather, play games, share photos and download books or even purchase a subscription to a service like Audible to hear your favorite books. Essentially there’s an app for just about everything.

Transportation Made Easy

One of the biggest challenges for seniors who aren’t in independent senior living is often transportation. Whether it’s not being able to drive anymore, not wanting to or perhaps you’ve retired to a new city and don’t know your way around, technology can help you get to where you need to go.

Cars today are often outfitted with GPS navigation technology as is your smartphone. You can also download apps like Waze which, in addition to giving you the fastest route to a destination, warns of traffic issues and road construction along the way. Rideshare services like Lyft and Uber are also options so you don’t have to drive at all. Simply request a ride through their app and a driver will come pick you up!

Fitness Tech

Seniors are more active today than in generations past and wearable technology can help you stay that way. An AARP study found that 45 percent of participating adults 50 years and older had increased motivation for healthier living after six weeks of wearable activity or sleep tracker use, and 67 percent overall felt that such wearables were beneficial.

With wearable technology like Fitbit you can track your activity, sleep, food, weight and more, it’s a great way to see the results of all the wellness opportunities available in independent senior living in real time. The Apple Watch 4 takes it a step further with the ability to generate an ECG that you can share with caregivers and health providers to monitor your heart for irregularities. It also features advanced fall detection and will automatically call first responders and send a message to emergency contacts if it the wearer is immobile.

Home Help

One of the greatest parts of retirement is less work. And while you may no longer have your day job, there are still plenty of chores to do if you’re still at home. Thanks to technology, even that’s easier now. Robotic vacuums like Roomba can take care of the cleaning for you using programmable features and sensors to move around furniture. Some models can even be programmed from an app on your smartphone to clean while you’re away.

Voice-activated assistants like Amazon Echo and Google Home can also help you make grocery lists, set reminders, play music, even turn on lights, appliances and the TV in some cases.

Apps like Tile can help you keep track of your keys, wallet and phone. Just download the app, attach a ’tile’ to the item you want to keep track of and if you lose it Tile will play a tune to help you find it! Where has that been all our lives?

Safety First

The older you get the more you realize how important your independence is to you. Luckily technology can help you maintain it in some really ingenious ways.

The Medisafe app helps you keep track of your medications with personalized medication reminders, drug interaction warnings, refill reminders and even helps you communicate with your doctor with a medication list at the ready.

If you live alone, personal emergency response systems (PERS) are an ideal way to maintain independence while having also having a safety net just in case. These pendants and/or wristbands have a button that can be pressed during an emergency to alert first responders and family members. There are a multitude of companies that offer these but when selecting the one that’s right for you make sure it has GPS, fall detection and two-way communication capabilities for added peace of mind.

Learning new technology is easy too! You can ask your kids, grandkids and friends to help you get started. Your local senior center, public library, local university or local computer stores may offer learning resources as well. Also, keep an eye out for events at independent senior living communities like ours that can help you learn more about technology.

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How to Make the Most of Retirement in Luxury Senior Living

Time is precious no matter your age, but in retirement, it seems even more so. For one, you’ve worked so hard to reach the point where you can retire that you deserve to make the most of every minute. The question is, how exactly do you find the time to do everything you want to do? There are only so many hours in a day! And if you still have responsibilities such as a house your time is even more limited. Quite simply, making the most of your retirement is all about finding balance. Here’s how you can do just that.

Free Up Some Time

One of the easiest ways to make sure you have enough time to do the things you love is to remove unwanted to-dos from your plate. If you own a home there’s maintenance, yard work and any number of unexpected repairs that may come up. Even if you’re renting there’s still housekeeping, laundry, cooking and the chores could go on.

You could always hire someone to help with each of these items. Even if it’s in the budget to do that you’d still have to manage everyone who provides these services for you which takes time in and of itself. An alternative is luxury senior living which typically includes all these chores in one predictable monthly fee. Done!

Live It Up

Now that you’ve freed up your schedule it’s the perfect time to just enjoy yourself. Spend more time with friends and family, make new friends, get out and about to restaurants, shopping and attend performances or go on fun outings. But will this be as easy as you’d like it to be or are there challenges with transportation, availability of family and friends or access to these options in your area?
Maybe you’d also like to indulge a little in the finer things like luxury accommodations, spa treatments, pool time or concierge service. If this is available in your neighborhood already can we visit? Luxury senior living offers this too as these communities often closely resemble resorts with sprawling campuses, a host of amenities and plenty of social opportunities.

Find Your Niche

Aside from some much deserved pampering; you’re likely interested in finding renewed purpose. If you’re like most people work has been such a big part of who you are for so long, you may feel a little lost. Finding your niche can help you overcome that. Plus, numerous studies have shown that having purpose in retirement not only offers physical and mental health benefits, it may also help reduce your risk for diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. To start, simply think about things you enjoy, hobbies, causes important to you, fitness goals and so on. Or, perhaps you’re interested in trying something completely new altogether.

Luxury senior living can help here too. Most communities have a dedicated program director and monthly calendars filled to the brim with activities, classes and volunteer opportunities for just about any interest. And it’s right outside your door!

At the end of the day, finding the balance that can help you make the most of retirement comes down to convenience. Having access to conveniences that free your time, help you live bigger and better and help you find purpose. You could certainly make this work on your own, or let us take care of it so you can have the time of your life in luxury senior living!

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