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5 Essential Tech Tools for Seniors

Posted by Dawn Owens on Aug 22, 2017 9:00:00 AM


From health benefits to social benefits, good things come to seniors who stay up-to-date on the latest technology. If you’re new to the latest that the tech world has to offer, here are five great tools you should consider looking into.

1. Global Positioning System (GPS)

Standalone GPS units as well as smartphone built-in ones are both available. This type of technology makes it much easier for seniors to navigate. Whether walking or driving, a GPSs can easily be used. So use it when you go out to get a nice walk in for your daily exercise, or use it when you drive downtown to a new restaurant for dinner.

2. Medication Trackers

Medication errors are the number one cause of hospitalizations in people over the age of 75/ Proper medication management is essential to many seniors’ lives. Medication tracker apps, like Dosecast and Medisafe, are a great way to keep track of when you take your medications and proper dosages so you can avoid dangerous drug complications. You can download these types of apps onto your smartphone and use your phone or smartwatch in order to input your medication data.

3. Smartphone

Having a smartphone gives you the opportunity to benefit from many different apps that are helpful for seniors. You can also your your smartphone to keep track of friends and family through text, email, social media, and video messaging apps. Smartphones are also great for helping you to stay connected to the world around you by bringing you up-to-date news and weather notifications.

4. eReader

Having an eReader is a great way to keep everything you like to read in one easy place. Unlike paper books, the font settings on your eReader can be adjusted so you can read words that are bigger and easier to see. Some eReaders are more user-friendly for seniors than others, so consider all of your options and talk to someone who understands the technology before you make a purchase.

5. Video Calling Apps

Facetime and Skype are both great apps for making video calls to friends and family. Being able to stay connected to loved ones who live far away is a great way for seniors to stay social. And while video chatting certainly doesn’t replace talking in person, it is the next best thing and more personal than a phone call, text message, or email.


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Dawn Owens

Written by: Dawn Owens

Dawn has been part of the Cottage family for over 10 years. She comes from a strong background in mental health care, with a certification in crisis intervention. Dawn has two daughters, Alika and Ava. She enjoys walking, scrapbooking, and playing softball.