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There is a noticeable correlation with household income and educational attainment. Approximately 94% of seniors with an income of $75,000 or more tend to use the internet, and 87% have high speed internet at home. The numbers drop IOWA HAWKEYES NEW Cover Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus significantly in older adult households with incomes of less than $30,000.
An adult who leaves the workforce today may have already worked 30 plus years with computers, and even people in their 90s are now embracing smartphones, tablets, social media and other technologies.
Plus, new technology is making it easier for older people to stay in touch with far flung family, live independently and get help when they need it.
more mobile it is, if it usable by young people, it usable by seniors, says Leslie Smith, president and CEO of SeniorNet, which provides computer education to seniors in person and online. use it to communicate with family and friends. They using it the same way that a lot of young people are using it, says Smith, a retired IBM business development executive.
Younger retirees tech needs aren much different from those of their children. They participate in social media, use the Internet for research, text and email to keep up with friends and family and use Skype or FaceTime for video calls.
a big difference between a 65 year old and an LOS ANGELES LA DODGERS MLB Cover Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus 85 year old, says Andrew Carle, executive in residence at George Mason University and chief operating officer of Affinity Living Group, which provides care and services for residents in several states. 65, they pretty tech savvy.There a tipping point around 75 or 80 where it goes into more assistive technology. also has the potential to make it easier for seniors to live independently, with devices that can monitor medication management, locate a lost Alzheimer patient or sense when someone has fallen.
a lot of research and interest going into technology for seniors, says Kari Olson, chief innovation and technology officer for Front Porch, a not for profit that provides support services for senior communities. usually designed to make sure that the older adult living alone has connection and help when needed. are 10 tech tools for older adults:Tablets and e readers. Many seniors are replacing their computers with tablets, which give them bigger screens for video conferencing with family, using email, sharing photos and LIL' LAY LOW KEHLANI COLLECTION 2 custodia cover iPhone8 doing Internet research. using them in lieu of the desktop computer, Smith says. Reading books with either a tablet or an e reader provides an option to make the type larger.
GPS. Whether it a standalone unit or part of a smartphone, the Global Positioning System technology makes it easier for seniors, CHEVY SILVERADO custodia cover iPhone8 like young people, to find their way around. This is particularly helpful for people who retire to a new city or even move into a new neighborhood.
Skype or Facetime. Video call apps are particularly popular with seniors who have grandchildren and other family who live far away. interactions don replace the KAKASHI NARUTO 3 Cover Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus face to face interaction but they can supplement it, Olson says.
Fitness trackers. Wearable fitness monitors make it easy for older adults to monitor activity and sleep, ensuring that they get enough exercise. more informed people are about their own health and well being, the better decisions they make for themselves, Olson says.
Medication monitors. New medication systems alert users when it time to take medications, repeat the alert if the medication isn taken within a certain time and call a caregiver if more time passes. Some are combined with medical alert systems that use cellphone technology and contact first the older person, then a friend or family member who has been programmed in ahead of time and then CLAPTRAP BORDERLANDS ART Cover iPhone 8 Plus emergency response. errors are the No. 1 cause of hospitalizations in people over 75, Carle says. an important issue at that age. watches. Stylish watches are replacing the old fallen and I can get up pendants, which many seniors refuse to wear. UnaliWear offers smart watch next year that will include a voice activated system to guide you home or find you if you become unresponsive. Apple Watch Series 4 can detect a fall while you are wearing the watch. It will tap you on the wrist, sound an alarm, and activate an alert. You can call emergency services or cancel the alert by tapping OK.
Online estate repository. The online service Everplans is one option for creating a digital archive that includes wills, trust, passwords, advance directives, information about your home and more, with options to share information with family members.
Transportation apps. The ride sharing services Uber and Lyft are designed to appeal to the digital natives who solve every problem with smartphone apps. But they also can be invaluable to seniors who no longer drive. In San Francisco, SilverRide is positioning itself as a service for the elderly, to meet the needs of older passengers. All SilverRide Driver Companions have been fingerprinted, drug tested and completed thorough background checks.
GPS insoles. A new product called the GPS SmartSole is an insole that can go into the shoes of someone with Alzheimer so he can be easily found if he wanders off. You can set a perimeter and get a GOKU TRAIN HARD NO EXCUSES custodia cover iPhone8 notification if the person leaves that area, plus track him via the GPS in the insoles. Similar technology exists in watches, but people with Alzheimer or other types of dementia often are resistant to new devices MICHAEL JACKSON BAD custodia cover iPhone8 they have to wear.
Smartphone. When you think of app users, your teenage kids or their 20 something millennial counterparts may come to mind because they’re always tied to their cellphones. But apps designed with the always connected young in mind are increasingly finding favor with senior citizens, who are discovering valuable services available via technology. While only 35% of Americans owned a smartphone in 2011, 81 % own one in 2019, according to the Pew Research Center. The numbers are much smaller among Americans 65 and older (53 % own smartphones), but that group is also beginning to CORVETTE LOGO Cover iPhone 8 Plus embrace MASSEY FERGUSON TRACKTORS LOGO Cover Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphones and tablets and the apps that NEW YORK METS CAMO custodia cover iPhone8 go with them. In addition to using apps that appeal to all ages, BUTTERCUP THE POWERPUFF GIRLS Cover iPhone 8 Plus such as email, news weather and social media, seniors can use apps to track their blood pressure, deliver medication reminders or play brain enhancing games.
“What we see is everybody using them,” says Leslie Smith, president and CEO of SeniorNet, which teaches seniors nationwide how to use computers and other communication devices. “They’re not age centric.Very young people and very old people are using apps.”
“[The apps are] all targeted to young busy people or maybe working moms and dads. I don’t know why they’re not targeting retirees,” Carle says.
While app creators may be waiting for senior smartphone usage to catch up, there has been an increase in the development of apps designed for senior caregiving and medication management.
“The nice thing with apps is that you just press the button. It’s actually easier,” says Andrew Carle, executive in residence at George Mason University and chief operating officer of Affinity Living Group, which provides care and IOWA HAWKEYES CAMO custodia cover iPhone8 services for residents in several states. “The seniors benefit from these apps.These can be life changing services to them.”
A new service called GoGoGrandparent will let seniors use a regular phone to connect an Uber or Lyft car, BIG HERO 6 BAYMAX FIRST PUMP Cover iPhone 8 Plus then keep in touch with a family member about the trip via text. The service charges a concierge fee while it’s monitoring. GreatCall, which produces the senior oriented Jitterbug phone, recently partnered with Lyft to make it possible to get a car with a Jitterbug flip phone.
Here are eight types of apps useful to seniors:
Lyft and Uber. Both of these ride sharing services created as part of the millennial inspired sharing economy can be a lifeline for seniors who don drive. Once NAKED 3 URBAN PALETTE Cover Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus you create an account and enter a DARK SOULS PRAISE THE SUNS Cover iPhone 8 Plus credit card, you can summon a car to your home in less than 10 minutes with the tap of a button.
Domino GrubHub and Amazon Restaurants. These are three of many apps that will bring you meals from your favorite restaurant. Most add a delivery charge, CUTE TWEETY BIRD 2 custodia cover iPhone8 and some have a minimum order. Not all services are available in all areas. For those who don drive or find it hard to carry groceries, delivery can help them live independently longer.
Skype and FaceTime. These two video call apps are extremely popular with seniors, who can use them for face to face “visits” with faraway children and grandchildren. Both are free. “My kids here call their grandparents. They DVA OVERWATCH CUTE ANIME 2 custodia cover iPhone8 FaceTime them all the time,” Carle says. “Those video visits are very important. They weren’t invented for seniors.”
Shipt and Instacart. These two services will bring groceries to your door, for a fee. They hire shoppers who go into the store and personally fill your grocery order. AmazonFresh provides a similar service, as do Wal Mart and some local grocery chains.
Fitbit and MyFitnessPal. Apps that monitor steps, blood pressure and other health issues are popular among older people as BON JOVI LOGO Cover iPhone 8 Plus well as younger people…