Most people think old people and technology are like oil and water — too different and simply not meant to go together. But tech isn’t just for the millennial grandkids. Seniors are more digitally connected than ever, and companies are developing senior technologies and elderly assistance products to help older adults and their caregivers.
From medication monitors to social networking platforms to mobile personal emergency response systems, senior technologies make it easier and safer for older adults to live independently, connect with their community, and get help when needed.
Here are three tech tools and elderly assistance products and services for older adults and their caregivers.
Age-related memory loss is normal, and making occasional errors when balancing a checkbook isn’t something to worry about too much. But if keeping track of monthly bills and paying bills on time and correctly becomes a problem, there are senior technologies that can help you and your loved ones be relieved from the burdensome job of bill paying.
A finalist for the Aging2.0 Global Startup Search, an annual program designed to search the world for the best aging-focused startups, SilverBills uses technology to scrutinize bills for errors and fraud and make sure they are paid on time so seniors can their caregivers no longer need to write checks or remember due dates.
Whether you no longer wish to drive or vision problems are causing problems with driving, loss of transportation can lead to social isolation and loneliness. Transportation apps, such as Uber and Lyft, are perfect for people with smartphone, but there is a new service designed specifically for older adults: GoGoGrandparent.
By simply calling a phone number (instead of using a cumbersome app), seniors can book a pickup within 15 minutes or set up automatic rides for fixed medical appointments. Plus, seniors can keep their loved ones up to date on their adventures. Add a loved one to your GoGoGrandparent account, and they will receive by-the-minute text messages about your trip.
Hearing loss is one of the most common conditions affecting older and elderly adults. Approximately 1 in 3 people between the ages of 65 and 74 have hearing loss, and nearly half of those older than 75 have difficulty hearing. Not only can hearing loss make it hard to enjoy talking with friends and family, but it can also make it difficult to hear the television clearly without turning up the volume too loud.
A TV·Ears headset allows an older adult to set their own headset volume and tone while others around them set the television volume to their preferred level. This technology for seniors allows you to watch your favorite television show with your family without ever fighting over the volume again.