Aging In Place With Technology
By Eileen Doherty, MS ~
Denver, Colo. – Some embrace technology, others tolerate it, and still others hate it. While most of us can relate to these feelings whether it is the cell phone that is overly confusing, the television that won’t shut off with just the click of a button, or an electric scooter that helps us do our own grocery shopping.
Sometimes technology is just convenient, but other times it allows us to live longer independently. A home that is equipped with security cameras allows someone to receive notifications when you go in and out of the house. The smartwatch allows someone to send notifications when it is time to take your medications or for emergency assistance to be called if you fall and can’t get up without help.
Technology is beneficial in the kitchen. A coffee pot can be set to turn off in two hours if no one has used any coffee to prevent a fire. A smart stove can be turned on and off remotely, again allowing someone to check if the stove was turned off after cooking.
Yard work can be extremely difficult for many older adults. Laying a sprinkler system with a remote control can allow you to water your lawn by using the phone app. A phone app can change the temperature in your house if getting out of a chair is difficult. Other apps can turn the lights off safely after you are in bed, rather than having to find your way to bed with a night light and risking a fall.
Technology is one of the keys to helping you stay in your home longer. Embrace it and use it. If you have questions, call 303-333-3482 or 1-855-293-6911 (toll free) or 1-866-880-4777 (Spanish).
Eileen Doherty, MS is the Executive Director of the Colorado Gerontological Society.