This past year, the Complete Care at Home care services’ experts witnessed firsthand how important the role of technology is in the lives of seniors. As we kick off 2021 and face the challenges of a new year, health and well-being are at the center of how we think about technology for older adults. In the new year, it’s expected that these technology trends will be the ones to consider.
Video Conferencing Software
The significance of staying connected when we can’t physically be near our loved ones was a lesson learned for people of all ages in 2020, and is even more essential for aging adults. Products like Zoom, Skype, and Google Chat let older adults keep in touch with their family and friends, participate in virtual book clubs, social groups or classes, and help deter feelings of isolation and loneliness. Additionally, as online health appointments gain in popularity among both doctors and patients, apps like FaceTime and Skype are taking the place of telemedicine platforms to provide more convenience for seniors.
Alexa Care Hub
“Alexa, check in on Mom!” As part of Amazon’s hospitality suite, the Alexa Care Hub is helpful for seniors living on their own or in a community living setting. With features that help caregivers monitor activity and promptly reach the seniors in their care, the Alexa Care Hub introduces new capabilities in addition to its standard voice assistant offerings. Presently, Amazon Echo devices are used in senior living communities and residential homes all over the country with expectations for a spike in demand. The Alexa Care Hub takes it a step further with medication reminders, individualized alerts, and a number of features that permit older adults to preserve independence while offering assurance to their loved ones.
Meditation and Mindfulness Apps
Not just a trend for millennials, mindfulness and meditation apps can help improve focus and sleep, and help aging adults develop the skills necessary to let go of stress and feelings of anxiety. Apps like Headspace, Calm, and The Mindfulness App allow users to customize meditation programs to best meet their needs, giving seniors the opportunity to establish a personalized habit. Meditation has even been associated with enhancing both long and short-term memory, decreasing loneliness, and boosting cognitive function.
Smart Home Devices
From home security systems to stoves to medication managers, there seems to be a smart version of just about every household item these days — and we can expect to see additional smart tools on the market in 2021. While smart devices are becoming ubiquitous in our daily lives, it’s important to think about the ways that these voice and motion-enabled processes allow older adults to move independently throughout their day. With this in mind, we expect to see more smart home products designed to meet the needs of aging populations while keeping the look and feel of your favorite technology devices.
At Complete Care at Home, staying connected with older individuals both online and in-person to counter loneliness and isolation are at the root of our mission and beliefs. We see the role technology plays in this mission and encourage seniors and their family caregivers to contact our home care Santa Barbara team at (805) 727-3445 to learn about the areas we service and to find out more.