There is a common misconception that seniors are technophobes. According to the Pew Research Center though, “more than half of online seniors indicated that they use Facebook: 56% of online adults ages 65 and older do so, up from 45% a year earlier. Internet use and broadband adoption continue to climb among older adults, and although there remains a wide age gap in smartphone ownership, the proportion of older adults who own a smartphone has increased by 8 percentage points since early 2014.”
While many seniors may be utilizing technology, did you know it can also improve your outlook? The same study found that, “older Americans who are Internet adopters tend to have highly positive attitudes about the impact of online access on their lives, including the access that smartphones give them.” For many seniors, access to technology like Skype or Facetime provides a great way to communicate with loved ones who don’t live nearby. Apps like Waze provide valuable assistance in avoiding traffic, receiving alerts as to road hazards, and perhaps best of all, always being able to find your parking space! Additionally, for avid readers, Kindles are a dream come true, enabling you to take your entire library wherever you go.
At Modernize, we have watched excitedly as furniture and other home accessories are beginning to catch up with rapid leaps in technology. Investing in tech-savvy furniture can help broaden your horizons (try taking a virtual tour of the Louvre from the comfort of your own home), while also making day-to-day activities safer and easier. Read on for suggestions on how to incorporate smart and stylish technology into your home.
Spice Things Up In the Kitchen
If you haven’t checked out the treasure trove of creative, delicious recipes for any type of diet on Pinterest and the thousands of cooking blogs out there, you are missing out! There are also fantastic cooking tutorials on YouTube to help you tackle a new recipe step-by-step or even venture into an entirely new type of cuisine like Indian or Thai. Unlike your traditional recipe book though, it can be hard to follow along with a digital recipe or a tutorial while you’re cooking. This clever cutting board with tablet stand can help you breeze through new recipes, keeping your device safe from spills, and keeping you from having to buy tons of different cookbooks that are pricey and challenging to store.
Work Smarter From the Comfort of Your Couch with Tech Savvy Furniture
This beautifully crafted, minimalist side table enables you to catch up on work projects, e-mails, and anything else for which you might use your laptop, tablet, or smartphone from the comfort of your sofa or bed. Built-in cupholders increase its functionality and also help prevent spills near your electronics. Built-in phone docks enable you to keep your phone easily in sight and fully charged. Handmade from bamboo, this table is durable and eco-friendly.
Control Your Temperature—and the Coffeemaker From Bed
This smart mattress cover from Luna is embedded with sensors to detect breathing and heart rate, accelerometers to track sleep patterns, and microphones to hear your snoring. The cover sends data to your smartphone or tablet and adjusts the temperature in your home accordingly, based on your pre-programmed preferences. If your security, lighting, or any other items in your home are on a wireless system, you can connect those to Luna, as well. Double check that doors are locked as you go to sleep at night and start the coffeemaker as soon as your alarm clock rings, all from the comfort of your bedroom.
It may be tough to wrap your mind around some of this new technology, but having an open mind is the first step toward embracing technologies that can significantly improve your social connections, increase your access to entertainment and educational opportunities, and streamline things in your home to make your life much easier. Invest in these tech savvy devices for your home, and the next thing you know, you’ll be surprising your family with tweets and selfies!
By: Danielle Hegedus: Danielle Hegedus is a freelance writer based in Atlanta, GA. She currently writes about all things home decor for Modernize.com.