Many consider older people to be scared of technology with little interest in learning about it, nevermind, actually using it however; it isn’t as straight cut as that. In actual fact, more and more older people are embracing technology and making it their business to learn about it. Understandably, they can see and understand the many benefits of technology and not only for themselves but for others too. The ability to connect with people is incredible (and we don’t just mean Facebook either) but with other apps/websites that have enabled people to communicate with others at the touch of a button. And that isn’t all as we know there are tonnes of apps making life easier for people of all ages…
The growth of home assistance devices has been crazy but they are appealing to everyone for their artificial intelligence. The home assistant devices are like a virtual assistant, which allows users to interact with their devices hands-free which works well for older people who may have reduced mobility. They are able to listen to requests and they just make life that little bit easier for older people or those who have disabilities and that is a game changer. The home assistant can automate chores and manage a household making it more organised. In some cases, smart home systems can assist people with physical or cognitive impairments by automating activities.
While it may sound odd to some people, home assistants can offer company to a person and they make people laugh with their silly requests and inevitable, mistakes that the home assistant may make. The home assistant can tell jokes on command, relay stories from the internet and provide help for things a person wants to know about. For people who may struggle to get to their phone or make calls, a home assistant can do that for them thus making them a little safer in the case of emergencies.
And it isn’t just home assistants that are making waves in terms of smart home technology for people. In fact, there are loads of cool tools on the market to make life easier, including, connected smart showers, heated flooring with controls, light controlled systems and smart fridges. The emergence of these technologies is making life simpler for those who may have mobility issues as voice control and hands free are part and parcel of the smart experience.
Older people and people with mobility issues or disabilities usually want to stay in their own home and smart home technology could be the answer to that as we continuously progress and automate tasks. The digital age does not have to be a bad thing and it can enable people to make life easier for themselves in simple but effective ways.