Is it just me or does it seem like a new device comes out every week? With new smartphones, tablets, and wearable devices regularly hitting the market, it’s enough to turn your back on modern technology altogether and cry uncle—don’t. Innovations in technology may save users loads of time, but that same technology can also save your life, sometimes literally.
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Before you check out of the grid and set up a tent in the backyard, here are four technologies that will keep you connected to the modern world and sustain good health.
1. Learn how to use a smartphone.
There is simply no substitute for tapping into mobile technology. Pew research shows that since 2011, smartphone adoption has more than doubled with 77 percent of Americans owning a smartphone. And the benefits are growing stronger every day. New models now cater to the senior market with larger buttons, and easy-to-navigate functions and applications. While it feels intimidating to explore the many options in mobile technology, it is exciting to know that the capabilities of smartphones make it easier for me to monitor those I care about.
2. Use navigation systems.
Soon you, too, will wonder how you functioned without GPS. That soothing voice telling you to turn right at the next light means we will never be lost—even if we don’t know where we’re going. It’s also a technology that is bringing loads of comfort to caregivers. “Adding more confusion to the lives of those already dealing with a disorienting disease, wandering leads many seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia into unsafe situations,” says Caitlin Burm. She added that location and elderly GPS tracking devices are an increasing option for caregivers and families trying to reduce wandering.
3. Update your hearing aids.
Now hear this: this isn’t your grandmother’s hearing aid. If you are still wearing bulky, uncomfortable hearing aids, new technology will be music to your ears. At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, newly launched hearing devices can link to your smartphone to stream phone calls, music, and navigation into your hearing aid device. “What makes this one special is that it is for those hearing aid wearers with the most severe hearing loss — a traditionally small, overlooked portion of the market,” says AARP’s Katherine Bouton.
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Though gadgets may be good for you, the bells and whistles of today’s technology can feel overwhelming. But by slowly embracing these modern innovations, we will find that not only will it add comfort and convenience to our lives and better connect us with the world; but it may also improve our health.
This article was originally published by the Orange County Register