The technological revolution has changed the lives of all sections of the community. People of all ages already communicate with each other via social media, and no business is complete without an online presence.
New developments within the app field are also being made at a continual pace, with all age groups set to benefit, as everything from exercise regimes to the management of medical conditions can be handled via an app.
Technology promotes independence
If you have epilepsy or diabetes, then the latest technological innovations can really help you manage your condition and preserve your independence. There are numerous healthcare apps which can allow you to keep important information about your condition on hand at all times – should you encounter difficulty – while forums and online help groups are a great source of support and consolation for those who want to discuss their conditions with fellow sufferers.
As many people choose to downsize their property as they get older, especially if they find their health concerns are interfering with their lifestyle, it’s important that independence and socialisation are maintained in whatever way possible.
Most modern retirement flats and apartments are fully kitted out with security devices and gadgets as well as internet access. This provides homeowners with the chance to enjoy physical socialisation with their new neighbours, while still keeping in contact with other friends they’ve picked up over their lifetime.
Technology and social care
Technology isn’t supposed to replace the human side of social care, but with a growing elderly population and reduced funding for face-to-face interaction, it can at least bridge the gap.
A recent experiment known as The Dallas Programme is introducing people to some remarkable innovations which will help them in their everyday life.
Fingerprint scanners can be used to open doors for those with arthritis or Parkinson’s, while voice commands can switch on lights. Sensors monitor weight, blood pressure and oxygen before relaying the information through a device connected to the TV – giving emergency hospital staff all the relevant data they need should the individual by admitted.
Apps for health
Figures released by the Age UK reveal that there are 10.8 million people of retirement age in the UK, and this figure is set to expand. Technology is already helping the lives of this demographic and computer giant Apple has played a major part in helping older people monitor their health.
Used in conjunction with an iPhone or iPad, their new generation of apps automatically records blood pressure, reminds you that you need to boost your insulin, and checks on your heart rate.
The firm currently tracks 6,800 apps in the fitness and health market for all age groups so there’s plenty of great options for older age-groups.
Apps for everything
Although it sometimes feels as if our lives are dominated by unnecessary technological innovations, there are many advances which have far-reaching positive effects on our lifestyles.
Health inventions can actively promote and help people lead happier lives. If you have a smartphone, laptop or tablet then you can download applications that will benefit your life and help you manage certain health conditions – and surely that can’t be a bad thing?
One example, the stroke app, was developed in conjunction with the Royal College of Physicians and offers advice about how to prevent future strokes and how to work on your rehabilitation. A health risk which can affect individuals of all ages, this app is the perfect pin-up for the universal benefits of advances in technology. A collaborative post.