We all want our elders to live happy and productive lives as long as possible. We know that part of that means making sure that they stay active and healthy and have plenty of social outlets to stimulate their minds and bodies. Before now, it was difficult for many seniors to continue living productive lives once they reached a certain age or because of health conditions and other issues.
Thankfully, there are now a number of living and technology innovations that allow seniors a better quality of life for longer, if you know where to look.
Modern Senior Living Facilities
More than just a nursing home, modern facilities embrace the modern era with more technology to keep seniors connected while providing them the care they need. This gives them a safe place where they can still have some autonomy while getting the care they need. Modern facilities have access to things like alert systems if a senior falls or is injured and telemedicine to make visiting the doctor easier.
This combined with a more active and well-rounded lifestyle means that many seniors can live in comfort for a much longer time and stay happier to boot.
Health and Wellness Programs
There are not only advances in modern medicine but there are also more and more programs designed to keep seniors fit and active. These options range from yoga for seniors, to low impact fitness like swimming and water aerobics, and even smart ways to lift weights and maintain muscle.
There are even insurance benefits for seniors that enroll in these programs, giving them added incentive to stay healthy. Advancements in technology are geared at seniors as well to allow them to attend exercise classes from home and stay in shape without having to venture far. All of these things are designed with overall wellness in mind while being geared specifically towards seniors.
Just like with telemedicine, as fitness enters the new age, it will give more and more seniors the opportunity to get and stay healthy to live a happier and healthier life.
Wellness trackers have other advancements that have great benefits for senior citizens. Not only can they be used in many of the same ways that younger people use them, but they can also be customized to monitor specific health-related issues that are built for each senior.
Monitoring things like heart rate, pulse, oxygen, and blood pressure are fairly easy and standard now, but they could be used to monitor things like glucose, insulin, falls, fluctuations in mood or hormone levels, really whatever is needed. With this technology seniors wouldn’t have to fear a sudden medical emergency, but also wouldn’t have to be stuck in a room all day.
These innovations are a great way to help seniors live better lives.