Sometimes you can’t help feeling bad for seniors.
Just not for the reason you think.
People think seniors hate technology! What a sad stereotype to have in today’s world of cool gadgets and innovations!
Okay, it is true that some seniors aren’t very technologically savvy, but that doesn’t mean they’re not willing to learn! Not to mention, computers and cell phones have been around for quite a while, so today’s seniors are much more likely to embrace new innovations than the seniors of yesterday.
Tablets, smartphones, and smartwatches are all good places to start, but 2018 has some cool stuff in store that is perfect for your granny.
Honor on-demand care service
The gig economy is alive and well. You can hitch a ride, have your favorite restaurant delivered to your door, and you can even pay someone else to run your errands. It’s about time there’s an app for helping the elderly too!
Professional in-home care and nursing homes can cost a fortune. Unfortunately, many people end up dishing out the cash for the extra assistance because they need help with a few things that are essential to their independence.
Honor is an on-demand care service that can help granny get to the doctor, move heavy items, and carry in the groceries. There is no minimum amount of service that’s needed, so granny can schedule only the services she needs. You pay as you go too, which is easier on her pocketbook.
Nesterly app for multi-generational housing
If you thought the tech stereotype was bad. This next one is even worse.
Young people don’t like spending time with old people.
How untrue that’s turning out to be! Not only do plenty of young people spend time with the elderly, it may even become commonplace for them to live together under one roof in the near future.
And nursing homes are paving the way.
Some elderly homes are starting Artist in Residence programs that enable college students to live in nursing homes for free, as long as they share their special talents and get to know the residents.
Well, a new app is making it easy for young people of all walks of life to shack up with a new elderly bestie. Granny simply puts an ad on the Nesterly app and chats with anyone who responds. If someone seems like a good match, he or she can move in. Rental rates are greatly reduced since part of the newcomer’s rental agreement might include things like picking up groceries or walking the dog a few times a week.
It’s a pretty cool way to get granny the help she needs while increasing her social circle at the same time!
Is your granny staunchly independent and unwilling to have any new faces in her house? This is a reality for some families. Grandma simply refuses to give up on doing things around the house herself, thank you very much!
Reminder Rosie is the perfect gadget for slightly stubborn, yet forgetful grandmas. Unlike other reminder gadgets that can be a bit cold and impersonal, Reminder Rosie allows loved ones to record reminders. When it’s time for granny to take her pills, your voice will chime in with a friendly reminder. When it’s time to get ready for her appointment, your loving voice will tell her. The whole device is operated by voice, so there’s no need to push any buttons or use touch screens either!
A medical alert system
We would be remiss if we didn’t at least mention medical alert systems on our list! After all, we just got done talking about how they are going to continue to be more relevant than ever in 2018.
Medical alert systems are getting cooler and cooler every year, so make sure you check out our list of the best medical alert systems. There are some high-tech options for 2018 that are a far cry from your great-grandma’s emergency button!