When we enter the golden years, as relaxing and enjoyable as they may be, they can also bring added health considerations. According to LearnNotToFall.com, startling statistics reveal that one third of people over 65 fall each year, and half of people age 80 years or older are at risk for falling and injuring themselves. Daily activities can become much more of an ordeal than they once were, especially for those living alone or without consistent supervision. Luckily, as we progress into a more digitally-dependent era, new technology continues to emerge that helps us and our loves ones stay safe, protected and connected.
Big Button Cell Phone for Easy Access to You and 911
Have you ever worried that the itty bitty numbers on today’s cell phones might make it difficult for a loved one to get a hold of you in a pinch? The Pew Research center has found that a surprising number of seniors simply won’t use a cell phone in an emergency situation, as they are often too complex or unreadable. There are a few large-buttoned cell phones out there, especially designed for seniors. The Jutterbug is only $147 (less on auction sites) and has a very cut-and-dry service agreement, as well as a simple 911 option. This phone is also pre-programmed so that they can reach you or another family member at the touch of a button.
MyLifeID Card for Medical Emergencies
The size of a credit card, this device puts the allergy bracelet to shame. Created by Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing, MyLifeID acts as a digital file that stores all of your medical records and history, and is easily accessible by almost any hospital or doctor’s office. This FHTM device should be a standard feature in every wallet, not just seniors, as a whopping one in three Americans have been affected by medical mistakes.
House Cleaning Robots for Less Strain, Less Stress
Although house-cleaning robots probably appeal to any of us who have ever battled a dusty living room or a dirty carpet, to the elderly and those with physical limitations cleaning the house can be a dangerous undertaking. That’s where the robots come in. The iRobot Roomba or the Scooba (floor washing robot) can go a long way when it comes to keeping a house presentable and dignity in tact. This can also reduce the danger of slipping on spills or hurting backs while trying to carry and unwind a vacuum. These range in price from $120 to $500.
Pill Reminder Devices
The older we get, it seems the more medications we are instructed to take, and remembering to take them can be both daunting and life-saving. According to research on Caring.com, up to 40 percent of nursing home admissions have to do with the inability to remember to take pills without supervision. Luckily, there are a number of devices that can help remedy this problem. There are pill boxes with alarms available for $20-30 on Amazon. There are also devices that can send emails, texts and phone calls when it’s time to take medication. The pill boxes can be refilled by you or a caregiver, and the pills can be dispensed with the touch of a button, and even alert you if a pill is not taken. A quick online search for “medication reminder” will acquaint you with the various services available.
Whether you have been confronted with a health emergency in the past, or you’re just preparing yourself or a loved one for safe and comfortable twilight, there are many handy devices and gadgets that can help life be more comfortable and safe.