How Older People Can Improve Their Lives With Smart Technology

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Technology has done wonders for the quality of life for the average Australian. Each year, they provide us with new and more creative ways for us to relax and enjoy ourselves without having to worry about lifting a finger. Older people might be sceptical, but they should know that they can also benefit from these technological wonders. Here are some examples.

1.      Tablets

Tablets have become a widespread phenomenon. They have all the benefits of a smartphone and laptop screen rolled into one convenient package. Not only do you have an interactive interface to work with, but it’s also large enough to accommodate media such as movies and TV-shows.

Of all the different smart gadgets out there, tablets have the most appeal to seniors. There are a couple of reasons for this. First of all, you’ll find that the touch screen and large surface make the device very simple to use, even when your hands aren’t as stable as they once were. On the other hand, just about every app has a customizable font, which means you rarely have to worry about letters being too small to read. This is a huge benefit for those with slightly diminished eyesight.

2.      Smart appliances

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Older folks might be surprised at all the different pieces of smart technology you can get in the modern home. They can give you a level of convenience that you might not have imagined possible. If you’re worried about leaving the stove on and lying down for fear of falling asleep, smart technology has you covered. You can set up your stove to work for a certain amount of time and then turn itself off. Smart appliances aren’t just limited to the kitchen.

If you find that locks are too difficult to open with conventional keys, you can install a smart door lock that works with your phone. With the click of a button, you can lock and unlock your door and not worry about fiddling with tiny keys. If you want additional security just in case, you can opt to use a fingerprint scan instead.

3.      Medical alerts

People tend to bump into things and fall over. Clumsiness is perfectly natural. However, when you get older, falling can become a terrifying concept. Bones aren’t as tough as they used to be and falls can seriously damage them. It’s not uncommon for older folks to fall over and get gravely injured. When you’re living independently, you can’t rely on other people to help you when you fall. Or can you?

Personal medical alarms are one piece of technology that the experts from National Health Australia strongly recommend for the elderly. They are lifesaving gadgets that can detect when you find yourself in a dangerous situation. If you happen to fall over, the alarm will contact everyone on its emergency contact database and you will be assisted promptly. Even if you aren’t able to reach a phone or even speak, you can rest assured that emergency services will reach you as soon as possible.

4.      Skype

Keeping in contact with your friends is hard enough at any age. When your age group is pretty old fashioned, it can be a nightmare. A lot of older people find that it’s too difficult and time-consuming to reach their friends, especially as they get even older. The good news is that technology can come to rescue.

Skype allows you to connect with anyone from half-way across the world. If you live in Sydney, you could be face to face with someone in Perth within seconds. You don’t have to worry about leaving your home in order to chat with your close ones. Just about everyone has a functional phone, which means your older friends will be able to stay in touch.

It’s also a saving grace for parents and grandparents. Children love fiddling on their phones and they will always be available for the occasional video call with their grandparents. The interface is very user-friendly, so it’s not all that difficult to set up on your own.


A lot of older people don’t utilize smart technology as much as they should. It can help improve the quality of life for anyone, especially those who need it most. Some of these gadgets can be lifesavers in difficult situations, while others simply let you rest easy. Whatever you do, don’t miss out on using the future to help you out.

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