These days, there are all kinds of products that make life easier. From voice-activated assistants like Siri and Alexa to ereaders, there are no shortage of tech advancements for seniors to take advantage of. Have you ever been curious how seniors like you are using different kinds of technology? Let’s take a look!
Smartphones and Cell Phones
In a 2017 study, the Pew Research Center found that 4 in 10 seniors had a smartphone. As many as 80% of seniors over 65 have a cellphone. It can be challenging to learn this new technology, but there are a ton of benefits. A phone helps you stay in touch with friends, family, and caregivers. Fortunately, most smartphones come with accessibility settings that make them easier to use. Some communities even have classes that help seniors learn to use phones.
Gone are the days of bulky, uncomfortable, over-the-ear headphones. Earbuds are everywhere now. Pair them with an iPod or smartphone and stay entertained on the go. They’re a great way to stay entertained with music or audiobooks while you do yard work or take a walk. Now you can listen with the even-more-convenient wireless earbuds. These usually come in a charging case so you can listen for hours. While Apple again has one of the most popular products in this market with its AirPods, there’s a great alternative available for a fraction of the price.
Tablets and E-Readers
You’re probably already familiar with tablets. While Samsung has its own line of tablets, the most popular and well-known is probably Apple’s iPad. Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s Nook started as e-readers, but now you can connect many models to the internet and even download apps and games on them for free. On both tablets and e-readers, you can enjoy an entire library. You can also typically purchase books less expensively when they’re digital!
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. If you have an Echo device, you can use it to listen to the news, play games, and more. You can also set tasks such as timers and reminders to take your medications.