The past few weeks have been packed with news stories about seniors interacting with today’s technology and living it up. Some have connected with their families in brand new ways, and others have started doing the activities they have loved for years.
This side of 20 years ago, seniors were much more limited in what they could do, mostly because of health concerns. Almost any sport was out of the question due to the possibility of injury, and health care was not as advanced as it is today.
Now, people can enjoy their golden years in ways they never thought possible. There’s Virginia Campbell, a woman who loved reading, but due to glaucoma, could barely see a book. Thanks to her iPad, she’s been able to rediscover her favorite pastime, and has even started writing poems. On top of this, due to the iPad being so user friendly, seniors are able to quickly email their loved ones.
Sports, such as bowling, can be extremely difficult to older individuals, and potentially dangerous. Thanks to the Nintendo Wii, all manner of sports are at seniors’ fingertips. They can bowl, play tennis, pitch a baseball, and even hunt, all from the comfort of their own homes. Because of this, many recreational centers have started sports leagues, encouraging older men and women to become more social.
Best of all, seniors are healthier today than they have ever been, thanks to modern health care technology. Doctors are better able to care for their patients, and seniors are more educated on keeping up their health, giving them the freedom to do more than their parents could have. Just ask the Independence Village Steel Drum and Rhythm Band in Michigan. The 14 member band is made completely of senior citizens and loves to perform for anyone.
These types of stories always bring a smile to my face. The main reason we created FirstLight Home Care was to improve the quality of life for those who needed a helping hand, and now more than ever, people are able to live their lives to the fullest. Best of all, it’s getting better every day.