Working at Better Caring has made me realise how technology is positively impacting people who are ageing. Every day, we see Better Caring clients connect with workers directly online – it’s more affordable and it gives the client flexibility to have care on their terms! Not only are these services benefiting people who are ageing, there’s also research that has proven that technology improves their mental capabilities in comparison to people who don’t. Other studies have shown that using technology also lowers the risk of dementia and depression.
Over a year ago, I introduced my grandma to the iPad and downloaded some of my favourite apps on the device. Almost a year later, these apps have not only increased my grandma’s social activity, but have also provided her with a great source of entertainment.
If your loved one isn’t using technology, I recommend you introduce them as soon as possible. Technology has improved my grandma’s life!
Here are three apps I recommend you introduce to your loved one:
It’s a great way to keep in touch for FREE! Having face-to-face contact, even though it’s through a screen is really special for my grandma. If I didn’t get the time to pop by and visit her that week, Facetime is a great way to make up for not seeing her.
Facetime is compatible with Apple devices only – the app should automatically be installed on your device. If your loved one is on a PC – Skype is another popular app that allows you to make video/audio calls for free to family and friends. Click here to download Skype on Google Play.
YouTube has been an excellent way of keeping my grandma entertained. She loves the suggested videos YouTube suggests to you. There’s such a variety of videos she can watch – from cooking, to soap operas, funny videos and the list goes on! Download YouTube on the App Store or Google Play.
Facebook is a great app that increases my grandma’s social activity. My grandma has joined several Facebook groups and connected with other people her age online.
If your loved one isn’t tech savvy and you think Facebook might be too much for them. Instagram is another app that is very user-friendly and is another way to visually be kept in the loop with what their friends and family are up to.
Other useful tips:
- You can make their favourite website easily accessible via their home screen. See how to do this here.
- Refurbished iPad’s are significantly cheaper – check out what’s available on the Apple website here.
Do you want to introduce your loved one to technology but don’t have enough time to teach them how? There are Care Workers on Better Caring who are passionate about helping people who are ageing to feel empowered by technology. Click here for more information »
P.S: It took my grandma at least six hours over the course of three weeks to start to feel comfortable with her device.
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