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Technology Tips for Seniors

Posted on 
April 5, 2023

As we age, we tend to experience various challenges that make daily living a bit more difficult. However, thanks to technological advancements, seniors can now access mobile applications that make life easier and more convenient.

At Falcons Landing, we love technology that helps us connect with each other and improves our lives. Whether it’s a telemedicine visit for pandemic safety or an app that saves time, we are all about putting tech to work. To support a tech-forward lifestyle on our campus, we offer complimentary Wi-Fi everywhere you go. Additionally, we have team members who can help our residents with lessons in how to use smartphones and tablets, navigate social media platforms, and explore various mobile apps.

Below, we have compiled a list of five apps that can be particularly helpful for older adults:

1. Medisafe
It's not uncommon for older adults to have to take multiple medications on a daily basis. Medisafe is a mobile app that helps users manage their medications. The app offers features such as medication reminders, pill identification, and medication tracking. Medisafe also offers an option to connect with family members or caregivers to ensure that they are up-to-date with your medication regimen.

2. Echo Show and Ring Doorbell
These smart home devices provide seniors with increased safety, improved communication, and access to entertainment and reminders, all of which can greatly enhance their quality of life. Ring Doorbell allows seniors to see who is at their front door, without having to physically go to the door. This can help seniors avoid potential dangers from strangers or unexpected visitors. Echo Show allows seniors to make video calls to friends and family, as well as send messages and make phone calls hands-free. This can help seniors stay connected with loved ones, especially if they have mobility or hearing impairments. Both devices can set reminders and timers, which can be especially helpful for seniors who may have difficulty remembering appointments, taking medication, or completing tasks.

3. Google Maps
For seniors who may have trouble remembering where they parked, Google Maps can be a lifesaver. This app not only provides directions and real-time traffic updates but also allows users to save their parking location. Simply tap the blue dot on the map to save your location, and when it's time to head back to your car, you can easily navigate to it with the help of the app. Of course, Falcons Landing residents have everything they need right on campus—and we offer scheduled transportation for appointments and cultural outings. That said, a good map app can be a life-saver when traveling!

4. Lumosity
Mental wellness is critical for healthy aging, and Luminosity is a great tool to keep our minds sharp and active. Lumosity offers brain-training games designed to improve cognitive skills such as memory, attention, and problem-solving. The app offers a free trial, and after that, users can subscribe for access to more games and personalized training programs.

5. Zoom, Teams and Skype
During the pandemic, many people  had to adapt to meeting virtually. Video conferencing apps have allowed everyone to connect in new and exciting ways right from the comfort of our homes. With user-friendly features such as screen sharing and virtual backgrounds, video calling apps are a great resource for fostering connections with friends and family.

Mobile apps can be incredibly helpful for seniors, and the five apps listed above are just a few examples of the many apps available that can improve daily living. As technology continues to advance, we can expect to see even more apps designed specifically for seniors that can make life easier and more enjoyable.

To learn more about our community and how we provide peace of mind with technology and beyond, contact us today to schedule a tour.

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