How Senior Citizens Can Use Technology to Ensure Safety

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

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Across the world, senior citizens who grew up in a pre-digital era, are finding it difficult to acclimatise themselves with the evolving technology. However, Evolution of new technologies and applications can enable senior citizens to stay safe and secure. These days, senior citizens have already graduated to using smart phones from landline or basic mobile phones but are largely using them to only make and receive calls. Rapid development in apps and websites which are user-friendly, can enhance safety of senior citizens if we can make them familiar with how to operate them. However, most of our grandparents or even parents are sceptical and uncomfortable at times to adapt themselves to this change.Here are some of the ways in which senior citizens can optimise the use of technology and unlock the power of their smartphones in order to enhance their own safety:

Stay secure from fake currency: There are few apps  which help the senior citizens to stay secure from fake currency. With age, it is sometimes difficult for senior citizens to keep up with new security features that are introduced in our currency notes. As such, they are unable to ascertain whether a currency note is genuine or not. Some of these apps guide the user on how to check security features one by one, making it very convenient for senior citizens to learn how to tell the difference between a genuine note and a counterfeit.

Healthcare apps:With advancement in technology, healthcare apps are also developing over the last decade.  In order to promote active and healthy ageing, healthcare apps are quite imperative, as they help seniors to search for clinics and doctors in the near vicinity. Now, senior citizens can conveniently order medicines or other medical needs from the convenience of their homes, using these apps. Such apps and technologies empower the senior citizens to be independent, well-informed and self-reliant.

Location tracking devices: Alzheimer disease, dementia or other memory disorder can be seen in senior citizens, which leads to serious problems in daily activities. With memory loss, familiar places seem unfamiliar, which is a cause of concern for the seniors. location tracking devices like Evotag can be used to send a phone alert or notification, when an individual moves out of the safe distance, thereby ensuring their safety. It is a small waterproof device which can be easily attached to the luggage, keychain, etc. Location tracking devices are increasing these days and are one of the essential devices to keep the loved ones safe. GPS helps to locate the senior citizens, by sending alerts to their authorized pre-installed personal contacts.