We live in an exciting time for technology. While some trends like self-driving cars may not be for everyone, other trends are making waves for people of all ages. For example, many people have adapted to using Amazon Alexa as an assistant. The Amazon Echo devices, which use a virtual assistant named Alexa, make the perfect accessory for seniors. Because they have so many features, they can be helpful for seniors to have in the home.
Check out the practical Alexa tools helping seniors below!
You can’t predict when you’ll need help, but thanks to the Amazon Echo Ask My Buddy feature you can always be protected. With “Ask My Buddy,” Alexa helps you notify a group of friends and family if you need assistance. This could be extremely valuable for a senior citizen living solo, for example, or even who spends many hours alone. While it’s not a replacement for a medical alert system, this feature can be great for when you need non-emergency aid.
All you have to do is say, “Alexa, Ask My Buddy to alert [contact’s name]” to alert your contact to check on you.
Did you know you can set a daily alarm for Alexa to remind you of things? This is an incredibly useful feature for seniors, especially seniors who take medication throughout the day. There’s no limit to the amount of reminders you can set, so you can set as many as you need to cover multiple medications throughout the day.
To use this feature, simply say, “Alexa, set an alarm for 10 am” for a nice morning reminder.
Your Amazon device can give you a slew of different reports. Stay informed on everything from traffic to sports to stocks. For example, you can quickly check the weather by saying, “Alexa, what’s the weather?”
Your Amazon Alexa can play music, radio, and even read you audio books. All you have to do is say, “Alexa, play NPR” or, “Alexa, play Motown” and she’ll start playing whatever you request. You can even say “Alexa, louder” to turn the volume up higher!
If you’re like us and struggle with remembering what’s on your to-do list or what you need to pick up at the store, your Amazon Alexa can help. Just say, “Alexa, create a list” and you can have her keep track of your grocery list or to-do list. Whenever you’re ready to hear the list, just have Alexa read it out loud back to you.