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Essential Tech For Seniors: 5 devices that all older adults should know about

Today’s older adults are the first generation to routinely use high technology in their day-to-day lives. Here are 5 best devices that all older adults should embrace, as recommended by our Delmanor LivingWell Managers, Kristina Lopez Papic and Tiffany Moraes.

1. Tablets, computers and laptops

These devices have been real game changers. And for older adults, portable tablets loaded with apps play an especially important role in communication and cognitive stimulation. “Some favourite apps of our residents include Mind Games and Left vs. Right,” says Lopez. “It’s great for mental stimulation, they can play every day to stay cognitively engaged.” Newspaper apps are also popular, adds Moraes. “Of course, tablets open up the world to older adults through email, Skype, Facebook, YouTube and more.” Also, check out foldable keyboards!

2. Smart phones

The go-to device when you’re on the move, older adults love their phones “to communicate with friends and family, and they are also great for emergencies,” says Lopez, who says one of her residents favourite phone apps is Uber.

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3. Smart watches

Apple watches and Fit Bits have a lot of applications, but older adults primarily use them as fitness trackers, says Moraes. “They love the novelty of connecting to their steps. Smart watches are more accurate than pedometers at calculating steps. They show how distance, calories burned and more. They also have many functions and they’re easy to use.”

4. Airtag

These small tracking devices can attach to almost any item and use Bluetooth technology to connect to your mobile device, locating the item when it goes missing. “This would be helpful for anyone who constantly loses their keys, phone, wallet and more, this is an amazing piece of technology,” enthuses Lopez.

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5. Assistive technology

Whether to aid with hearing or sight, there are some great new products, including technology to enlarge your desktop or special phones to help those who have hearing impairments, says Moraes. “There are also devices that connect wirelessly to the television via Bluetooth to help a person who is hard of hearing, they don’t have to turn the volume way up.”

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