Most senior living communities, including those operated by The Arbor Company, are prohibiting any visitors during the COVID-19 crisis. Older adults are at higher risk for serious illness and even death, particularly those with underlying health problems such as heart disease, diabetes or compromised immune systems.
So how can you stay in touch with your loved one during this time? You can always call on the phone or write a note to say hello, of course. But with creative uses of technology, you can find ways to ‘reach out and touch’ your loved one without physical contact that might put his or her health at risk. Here are a few ideas:
For at least two decades, we’ve heard exciting promises about virtual reality. Until recently, VR technology was the exclusive domain of tech-savvy kids and a few startups making big predictions while offering little. In the past few years, virtual reality has come a long way from its humble roots. It’s not just about video games and immersive experiences anymore. A number of companies are already using virtual reality platforms to improve the lives of seniors.
Do you have a loved one coping with hearing loss? A parent or grandparent who is living in a retirement facility and is struggling to accept their progressive hearing loss? Thanks to caring mobile app developers, there are a growing number of iOS apps available for those with diminishing hearing. Review the following list of hearing impairment apps to see which ones can revitalize the communication skills of your loved one:
The elderly population is aging fast, but not as quickly as technology. Technology advances every month and it is leaving many seniors behind. Many grandmas are finding themselves without access to the latest social media networks and disconnected from friends and family. Here are five reasons to connect grandma to social media.