Technology is for everyone and age is certainly does not have to be a barrier to using the things that would make life easier. Here are a few Apps and websites that Seniors (and everyone else) may find useful.
Dragon Dictation (Free App)
This voice-recognition application allows users to dictate text, or email messages and see them instantly. Users can also dictate status updates for Facebook, tweets, or send themselves notes and reminders. If typing or seeing the letters on the screen become an issue or simply for ease of use, Dragon makes communicating using your devices so much easier.
Words with Friends (Free App)
A fun word game which looks just like Scrabble. Stay social and connected by Inviting your friends or family members to play or you can play with random opponents. A lot of fun and can be addicting! This is great fun and keeps the brain firing!!
YouTube (Free Website)
YouTube offers a lot more than just videos of funny cats or teenagers falling off skateboards. It can be a great resource to learn something new or answer a question you may have. Want to learn some basic computer skills? Simply search on YouTube for basic computer skills, it's that simple. You can find tutorials and videos on just about anything and follow along with them at your own pace.
Skype (Free App or PC Program)
If you don't know about Skype yet it is time. Skype makes it easy to make voice or video calls to loved ones and friends. On an Ipad or IPhone it is even easier. It is Free and easy to create an account.
Magnifying Glass with Light (Free App)
This is an app for iPhones but there are plenty of magnifier apps out there for other smartphone brands as well. This one allows you to see menus and receipts in dark restaurants, use the Flashlight feature to see in dark areas, use the Vanity Mirror to see how you look and magnifies from 1x to 10x.
Medication mistakes and slips and falls are some of the issues facing Seniors loving alone. Luckily these days there is more and more technology available to help you keep safe. Easy to use and packed with more and more features here are a few examples of Senior Technology that could help make life easier.
Philips Lifeline (www.lifelinesys.com) http://www.lifelinesys.com
Medical Alert Service with AutoAlert Option - AutoAlert is the most widely adopted fall detection technology in the U.S. Detects greater than 95% of falls! Automatically calls for help if it detects a fall!
Medication Dispenser & Service - The medication dispensing service makes it easy to know what medication to take at what time.
GrandCare (www.GrandCare.com <http://www.GrandCare.com>)
GrandCare Systems provide comprehensive caregiving technology, enabling individuals to remain safe, healthy and happy at home. GrandCare's simple, touch platform enables a Resident to view pictures, receive incoming messages, watch videos, video chat with family, listen to music and play fun games. Using a series of wireless activity and telehealth devices, GrandCare can alert designated caregivers by phone, email or text if anything seems amiss (medications not accessed, glucose levels not taken, abnormal activity, etc.)
Sonamba Wellness Monitoring System (www.TrySonamba.com <http://www.TrySonamba.com>)
Sonamba is a wellbeing status monitor/medical alert system for seniors living independently. It is designed to effortlessly fit in with the senior's lifestyle, giving family members and caregivers updates on the senior's wellbeing throughout the day - not just in emergencies. Sonamba's health monitoring features, including motion detectors, sound sensors and emergency personnel notifications give you peace of mind by ensuring that your loved one is safe. Elderly loved ones don't need to wear anything on their person if they don't want to. They have complete freedom to move about in their homes without being tethered to anything. Sonamba's digital photoframe look and functionality enables easy acceptance into the senior's home and promotes healthy social connectivity while providing family members peace of mind through its non-intrusive monitoring. Sonamba's medication and calendar reminders help ensure that the senior is taking their medication on time. The remote accessibility given to family members through the Sonamba iPhone App and mysonamba.com.
Web portal allow families to check on the wellbeing of their elderly loved one anytime, even if they're far away.