This past year, home caregivers in Plano and throughout Texas experienced firsthand how vital the role of technology is in the lives of older adults. As we move into 2021 and face the challenges of the new year, health and wellness are at the center of how we think about technology for older adults. In the new year, watch these trends in 2021 technology for seniors.
Video Conferencing Software
The necessity of being connected when we can’t physically be close to our loved ones was a lesson learned for people of all ages in 2020, and is even more important for aging adults. Platforms like Zoom, Skype, and Google Chat empower older adults to keep in touch with their family and friends, be a part of virtual book clubs, social groups or classes, and help deter feelings of loneliness and isolation. Furthermore, as online health care appointments increase in popularity among both doctors and patients, apps like FaceTime and Skype are taking the place of telemedicine platforms to provide more convenience for older adults.
Alexa Care Hub
“Alexa, check in on Dad!” As part of Amazon’s hospitality suite, the Alexa Care Hub is beneficial for older individuals who live alone or in a community living setting. With features that help caregivers track activity and quickly reach the seniors in their care, the Alexa Care Hub introduces new capabilities in addition to its conventional voice assistant offerings. Currently, Amazon Echo devices are used in senior living communities and residential homes all over the U.S. with expectations for an increase in demand. The Alexa Care Hub takes it a step further with medication reminders, customized alerts, and a number of features that enable older adults to preserve self-reliance while providing peace of mind to their loved ones.
Meditation and Mindfulness Apps
Not simply a trend for millennials, mindfulness and meditation apps can help increase both focus and sleep, and help older adults develop the skills required to let go of stress and feelings of anxiety. Apps like Headspace, Calm, and The Mindfulness App permit users to customize meditation programs to work best for their needs, giving older adults the opportunity to develop a personalized routine. Meditation has even been connected to improving both long and short term memory, reducing loneliness, and boosting cognitive function.
Smart Home Devices
From home security systems to stoves to medication managers, there seems to be a smart version of almost every household object these days — and we can be prepared to see further smart tools on the market in 2021. While smart devices are becoming common in our everyday lives, it’s important to consider the ways that these voice- and motion-enabled programs allow aging adults to move independently throughout their day. With this in mind, we expect to see more smart home products designed to meet the needs of senior populations while keeping the look and feel of your favorite technology devices.
At Heaven at Home Senior Care, providing Plano home health services and throughout the greater Dallas area, staying connected with older individuals both online and in-person to alleviate loneliness and isolation are at the root of our mission and beliefs. We see the role technology plays in this mission and welcome seniors and their caregivers to contact our home caregivers in Plano and surrounding areas at 940-380-0500 to find out more and determine if we offer services in your community.