5 Reasons Technology Is a Friend to the Elderly

The Pill Reminder by Drugs.com

An increasing number of our aging population find themselves using a substantial number of medications each day. As seniors are prescribed more pills it becomes a difficult task to keep track of which medication is intended for what and how often it should be taken. Timing and unintentional overdoses are legitimate concerns that could lead to serious health altercations or even death. Enter “Pill Reminder”, a smart phone application simple enough for boomers that sends daily reminders to your phone reminding you when it is time to take your medication.

Start by entering the medication’s name, dosage, and schedule the time of day it should be taken. Pill Reminder will alert you when it is time to take your next pill and keep you on track each day. This application is a godsend for the aging who may have alzheimers disease or experience any form of memory loss. Likewise, this application is useful to caretakers looking for a way to stay organized and keep track of patients.

Internet Shopping

As people age, they lose their desire to shop or may be unable to find transportation to a nearby store or market. The crowds and traffic are often intimidating and troublesome as we grow older. Easy to navigate review based websites have sprung up across all categories that enable these elderly shoppers to take advantage of discounts and have orders delivered to their doorstep. People have learned to use the web based services that allow them to order groceries (Peapod or Amazon), home delivery meals, and handle other essentials purchases online.

Drive Gain and GPS

For those of still on the road, GPS (Global Positioning System) has made traveling easier for the elderly and reduces much of the stress associated with getting lost during a long trip or navigating our way to a new destination. For the seriously technical senior, the Drive Gain app takes matters even further by making recommendations including acceleration rates, braking, and gear selection choices to help improve fuel efficiency.

Toenail Fungus and Other Conditions that Plague Us We Age

Medical Information regarding common age related health issues are readily available online. Many of these age related health conditions begin to manifest themselves as we approach 50 years or older. For example, fungal toenails (Onychomycosis) are one of these common issues that affects nearly 12 percent of the elderly past the age of 50. There are plenty of free public resources for common ailments like wrinkles, sun spots, plantar warts, shingles, among most other conditions. Conduct a simple search on an engine like Google or yahoo and explore websites like the mayoclinic or webmd.

Since there are literally millions of healthcare products on the market, choosing one that is safe, effective, and affordable can be troublesome. Fortunately, there are resources online that provide product comparisons evaluating the performance, price, active ingredients, and aggregate user reviews online. There are even toenail fungus review websites, the spectrum is limitless. Make personal healthcare product decisions based on the advice of your physician and based off clinically proven active ingredients recommended by the FDA.

Dragon Dictation… Naturally Speaking

For boomers who appreciate technology but are keyboard challenged, there are ways to get your message on paper that do not require typing. Dragon Dictation enables voice to text translation by verbally speaking into a microphone. This software interprets your speech into text allowing for you to compose documents or emails on your computer or phone. Find out more about the possibilities on the Dragon NaturallySpeaking® website. This software is compatible with Facebook, Twitter and email.

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