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Seniors and Technology

Seniors and Technology Use The most widely spread and common understanding of the relationship that seniors have with technology is generally that older people are less technologically literate than their younger counterparts. Over recent years, however, it seems that more and more seniors are incorporating technological tools and resources into their daily routines to help remain connected to the people, activities, and tasks that enrich and improve their lives. Helping seniors to build a greater sense of mastery regarding their ability to interact with technology can help to build feelings of empowerment and can offer the opportunity for seniors to maintain a sense of control over their ability to learn, socialize, connect, have fun, and manage their lives. Tools and Gadgets As technological advancements continue to take place, more and more gadgets become available that have the potential to add something positive to the ways in which seniors conduct their lives. Whether it be for communication, entertainment, knowledge and skill building, or management of personal care and responsibilities, there are various technological tools that seniors can access to help increase efficiency or enjoyment of various aspects of life. Tablets Computers Televisions Smart Phones Apps (For Fun or Productivity) Social Media Outlets Video Calling The Internet Video Games How Seniors Can Use Technology Seniors can use technology in a whole host of meaningful ways that can help to enrich their lives and keep their bodies and minds healthy. The following are some areas of life that can benefit from the use of technology: Social Connectedness: Maintaining a sense of social engagement and connectedness is important for keeping both the mind...

Foot Care for Seniors

Our feet work hard to carry us through our daily lives, and keeping them healthy is essential for continued mobility and the sense of independence that accompanies it. Having feet that are in a state of ill-health can come to impact seniors’ lives in hugely meaningful ways. Caring for one’s own feet can become more challenging for seniors, and it can become easy to neglect podiatric health, but it is important to implement support systems, relevant forms of care, and other strategies that direct attention towards caring for seniors feet in appropriate ways in order to avoid the various concerns, conditions, and diseases that can afflict them. Feet and Overall Health It has been said that our feet can act as indicators of the overall state of health of our bodies. It is even true that some health conditions that have pervasive effects on the body, such as arthritis, circulatory problems, and diabetes, are first detected when signs and symptoms are noticed in the feet. For this reason, it is important to monitor seniors’ feet and seek consultation with a healthcare professional whenever changes occur or new difficulties arise. Some things to look out for that may indicate greater health concerns include: Numbness Tingling Constant Feelings of Cold Discolouration Dry Skin Weak Nails Seniors and Their Feet Seniors have been walking around on their feet for a great many years by the time they reach old age, and the accumulation of all the wear and tear, along with natural changes that come with aging, that has occurred over those years makes seniors’ feet more fragile and vulnerable to developing...