Best types of technology for elderly

With 2020 being the most unprecedented year, we need to make sure we are keeping our loved ones safe more than ever with the help of technology for elderly.

One way we can do this is to improve their security with the best technology for elderly, at affordable prices. This way you can make sure that you can keep in contact with your loved ones, and have total peace of mind that they’re safe and well.

How does technology for elderly improve wellbeing?

Technology for elderly provides them with not only peace of mind and security, but a way of communicating with family and friends. An Age UK study shows that 56% of elderly people agree that technology can aid communication and help close the physical gap between distant family and friends. The internet has not only created opportunities to stay in touch with loved ones, but means that they can shop without leaving the house, providing convenience and preventing them needing to go outside alone, where they may be vulnerable. 

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What types of technology for elderly is the best for them to use?

There are many types of technology out there, but ones best suited for the elderly are those that are going to improve their day to day lives and keep them having easy access to communication. Our top picks for technology for elderly include:

  • Smartphone
  • Tablet
  • Video DoorBell 
  • Personal Alarm

The best smartphone for elderly

Smartphones are incredibly useful, and only 53% of people over the age of 65 have access to the internet and apps via a mobile phone opposed to 77% of people between the age of 55-64. This is a massive decrease as people get older and is mainly due to a lack of understanding of modern technology. Those over 65, born before 1955 would have had a lifetime where technology was not in the forefront. If you wanted to speak to a friend a couple of decades ago you’d knock on their front door and invite yourself in for a cup of tea. They are not used to the fact that technology has improved convenience, and they can communicate and socialise through a screen. 

One of the best things about smart phones is the range of apps available. They range from games, through to organisation apps, education and entertainment. A decade or so ago, a smartphone was just a luxury, now it’s becoming a necessity for day to day living. You can even pay using contactless Google or Apple Pay if you were to forget your card, as well as communicate in ways you wouldn’t have been able to imagine 10 years ago. 

Our favourite apps for elderly are those that help train the brain and keep in touch with loved ones. Naturally, apps for elderly can be a great way to decrease loneliness and a way to keep their brain active day-to-day. We love ‘Train your Brain’ which is a memory game to stimulate cognitive areas in your brain and is also great fun. It has many levels of difficulty so no matter your experience or brain function, it can be challenging but also entertaining. 

Another fantastic all-rounder is the Elevate app. This takes brain training for the elderly to a new level. It has a variety of memory games to play and depending on your aims, it can help you boost productivity, creating a sharper mind. Elevate works with top researchers to create challenges in order to test many different parts of your brain, which can then, in turn, reduce the impact of brain diseases, and slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s or dementia. Elevate also has a handy feature to track your scores so you can see your improvement and share with loved ones. 

The best thing about a smartphone is that apps for elderly are always developing, therefore the choices are endless and there is always something new to try. Technology for elderly doesn’t have to be complicated and can really be beneficial to the user. 

So, What are the best tablet for elderly?

One up from having a snazzy smartphone is to go for a tablet. The first tablet computer came to the market in 1989 (believe it or not), and was called a GRidPad. This was invented by one of the earliest Silicon Valley’s start up businesses. It didn’t really take off in the consumer market, however it was used extensively by the military. From PDA’s through to Microsoft XP Tablets it took until the early 2000’s before the Apple iPad was born in 2010. The best tablet for elderly is hard to choose as in the past 10 years the market has exploded delivering an array of competitor products with all similar features. Although the 3 most common tablets on the market, especially for the elderly are: 

The Apple iPad comes in at the best choice and is highly ranked as the best tablet for elderly. Starting from £329 it has a 10.2 inch retina display, all-day battery life to keep you going, a front HD camera for video-calling and smart keyboard and pencil compatibility for ease of use. 

Next in line is the Galaxy Tab S7. This is an upgrade from the well-known S6. You can either pick from 4G or 5G so you can use it on the move, or on Wifi alone. This has a bigger screen again at 12.4 inches so it is even easier to read. The S7 comes with a highly responsive stylus pencil for a true writing experience. This comes in handy with those suffering from arthritis and would struggle with the use of keyboard or screen touch. It has a really big memory to store lots of photos and videos which can be extended further to 1TB. This does come with a larger price tag though at £799, for the quality, it’s worth the money. 

Last, but by no means least is the Amazon Fire HD 10. The Amazon Fire has had many editions, getting betting each time. Now featuring a 10.1 inch screen it is also 30% faster than the previous version. It is seen as the most basic tablet out of the three discussed, but being basic doesn’t mean it’s low quality. It has fantastic display resolution and a memory of up to 64GB which is plenty to stream your favourite programmes or to use to communicate with loved ones. With over 500,000 apps to choose from and the ability to ask Alexa your burning questions, this does make it a fantastic contender on the market especially in terms of apps for elderly. 

What is a Video Doorbell?

In the past few years, video doorbells have dominated the market in terms of new technology. Essentially, a video doorbell is just a mobile phone for your door. Using the same system, when you ring the bell, it then notifies the app user by allowing them to see who is at the door via their phone. You can also playback the recordings from when the system has been alerted by sound or light, and save recordings. This is a great gadget for the elderly as it gives them a lot more security when at home, and means that they (or their loved ones) can see who is at the door without having to answer it. Great protection against unsolicited visitors. 

The most common video doorbell on the market is the Ring Video Doorbell. It is a battery-powered doorbell with advanced security features including motion detection technology and an additional 4-second preview of each motion event. You can also talk through your app to the person on the other side of the doorbell, so if your loved one struggles with mobility, they can speak to who is at the door without having to get up unnecessarily. To review and share your recordings, you will need to have a monthly subscription to Ring Protect, which is only from £2.50 per month. The doorbell starts from £179.00 and is a worthy investment. 

The best kind of technology for elderly

You can have the latest smartphone, the top-of-the-range tablet or the most advanced video doorbell, and although they will assist you with better communication and security, they won’t essentially save your loved one’s life should they need emergency help. 

We have a range of personal alarms which trumps all other technology for the elderly. If you’re looking for something simple with basic ‘call for help functionalities’ or perhaps something more advanced like GPS tracking or fall detection we have it all. Our best selling products are: 

SureSafeGO is our most popular personal alarm. It has all the basic functionalities that you would expect with a personal alarm as well as a GPS tracking feature. This device keeps the user safe out and about and at home. There are two types of SureSafeGO; the family monitored version and the 24/7 monitored version. The family monitored version has two-way communication and is fully water-resistant. It features a ‘Find Me’ function where you can send the alarm a text and it will send back a link to Google Maps with the user’s location. This is in addition to the SOS button on the front to call for help, and the fall detection functionality that detects falls and calls for help without the user needing to do anything. 

The 24/7 monitored alarm has most of the brilliant features of the family monitored alarm, but with the added bonus of a 24/7 monitored response service to make sure your loved one is safe around the clock, even when the emergency contacts aren’t available for a quick response. Our trained operatives are available 24/7/365 meaning no alarm call goes unanswered. We contact the emergency services when needed, as well as keeping family and friends updated. This alarm is £149.95 and the optional 24/7 monitoring is £18.99 per month.

The SureSafe 24/7 Connect is our other 24/7 monitored personal alarm. This alarm comes as a pendant or wristband, depending on your preference. Unlike the GO it won’t monitor you whilst you’re doing your weekly shop, but it will monitor you within 100m of the base unit covering the whole house and garden. It can be used in both the bath and shower and is really easy to set up. You can also bolt-on a fall detection pendant at any time for those that are at higher risk of a fall. This alarm is free for your first 3 months (you only pay a one-off £45 set-up fee), and then £14.99 per month thereafter. There is also an annual special offer available that is £89 for 12 months, plus the one-off £45 set-up fee.

For fall detection, we recommend the FallSafe or Fall Alert. The FallSafe is a wristband whilst the Fall Alert is a pendant necklace. Both products offer automatic fall detection technology. When the wearer falls, the sudden motion is detected and the alert is then sent to our 24/7 response centre. It uses the speed of movement, impact and changes in air pressure to signal the fall and will also notify the wearer when this signal is made. The FallSafe and Fall Alert currently have special offers on from £124.95. 

Depending on the individual needs, there are so many different types of technology for the elderly, ones which can really change their lives. Peace of mind is something that the elderly and their families will always strive for, especially when they can be vulnerable when at home alone. Giving the wearer their independence back really is priceless. To view some more of our useful blogs, please click here.

 

Editor’s Note: This article was last updated on 11 January 2021 to reflect current information.

It was originally published on 14 December 2020.

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