November 2014 Technology and Aging Independently
It seems that everywhere we turn there is information on some new innovative technology that will help aging adults. It is both exciting and daunting.
I think most of us agree that technology will make parts of our lives easier, and that it will make things possible for us that were challenging for earlier generations.
As a professional in the field, it is challenging to keep up with new developments. Strategies that we once recommended as state-of-the art are now outdated. People ask advice on devices we’ve never seen. New features are added frequently, making devices more effective, but also more complicated to use (think TV channel changers!).
At the same time, there are exciting new developments almost every day that can transform our quality of life. There are stairs that light up when you step on them, apps for your phone to monitor your health and home, ever evolving ways to stay connected without leaving your home, wearable technology, and so much more.
Technology is a watershed issue for our generations. We are not the “digital natives” that those under age 25 are. Tech learning is not intuitive for us. Many have chosen to stay on the analog side, using telephones, longhand and typewriters for communication. For some, technology implementation has been the tipping point that led to retirement or makes it hard to get re-hired. Others eagerly embrace the latest versions and applications, trading up to the iPhone 6 on release day. Most of us fall somewhere along the continuum between these points. There are also privacy concerns to be addressed.
I know that many of us have days when we want to turn it all off and go sit quietly in a field of sunflowers, but inside we know that technology is a part of modern life, transforming our world at increasing speed, and that there are new technologies that can help us lead longer, healthier and more independent lives.
It is exciting to learn about emerging technologies that can help us stay socially connected, engaged in lifelong learning, have unlimited information at our fingertips, stay healthier and have tools to help us manage our own lives as we age. True to our mission, PSRC has invited several area resource professionals to share information on technologies they are using so that we can all discover new possibilities and make informed choices for our future.
Do you know these technologies?
· PERS—Personal Emergency Response System—a way to call for help if you have an emergency in your home
· MOOC-Massive Open Online Courses- keep learning new things from the comfort of home
· Skype-Video chat with anyone in the world.
· PHR- Personal Health Record- a digital record that you and all your care professionals can access
· Roku- a streaming media player that enables you to watch programs on your TV.
· Peapod- order groceries online
· Med-e-Lert- electronic medication dispenser
· Fitbit-track daily activity, calories, sleep and weight
Join us at the Fall Conference on November 1 to learn about these and more!
Susan W. Hoskins LCSW
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