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6 Ways Seniors Can Benefit from Technology

Technology has come a long way over the course of a senior citizen’s life. Seniors might remember the moon landing and the first computers that took up an entire room, but now computers are small enough to fit in your pocket. New technology can be frustrating to learn, but it also comes with many benefits. Here are 6 ways seniors can benefit from technology.

  1. Social connection. Studies have proven that staying socially connected is just as important as staying physically healthy. Social networking sites can help you stay in contact with your family and friends, or even meet new people in your area. But if you just can’t get the hang of social media, you can stay connected and socially engaged through volunteering, working a part-time job, taking a class, or by joining a club.
  2. Exercise. Game consoles like the Wii that track your movement can be a fun and easy way to stay active. Getting around might be difficult for some, but doing light to moderate exercise every day can be a great way to help your mobility and mental health. If you are able to, consider getting a gym membership and working out with a partner several times a week. Your gym fees could even be covered by your Medicare Advantage plan.
  3. Mental stimulation. Learning new things keeps your brain healthy. Simply learning a new task or craft can help stimulate the brain, and continues to do so until you’ve mastered it. Use technology to boost your brain power by playing games with puzzles or problem-solving strategies.
  4. Medication management. If you’re taking multiple medications per day as most seniors are, it can be hard to keep track of when to take them and when to refill. Many smartphone apps allow you to keep track of both of these important reminders, and some even allow you to track side effects so you can share them with your doctor.
  5. Healthcare management. Smartphones can also help you keep track of important health factors like your medical history, doctor and pharmacy contact information, medication schedules, and health conditions. This allows you to play an active role in your health management to stay healthy and independent longer.
  6. Safety. Safety is an important factor for people of any age, but especially for seniors who are at risk for things like falls and accidents. A medical alert system can help safeguard your future by putting you in contact with emergency responders with the push of a button. It can also give you and your family peace of mind knowing you can get help no matter where you are in your home.
Kayla Pearce
Kayla Pearce
Kayla Pearce is a Content Developer at Med-Alert Pros in Memphis, TN. She has backgrounds in professional and creative writing and over a decade of experience in research and editing. She is deeply interested in literature, poetry, cats, and dessert.

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