From communicating to shopping, technology has made the world easier to navigate. Now, we can easily make video calls to loved ones across the world, quickly set up appointments, watch newly released movies, read favorite books, and more -— all on a device like a phone or a tablet. One of these tools improving our lives is Alexa, Amazon’s voice assistant, which has been helping people live their lives through simple voice commands and smart AI. But one of Alexa’s biggest breakthroughs may be helping seniors maintain their independence through its smart technology.
How Alexa Is Helping Seniors
As a hands-free, voice-activated device, Alexa can drastically improve the lives of seniors. Those that who are aging, in care homes, or who need a little more support now only need their voice to manage their doctor’s appointments, shopping lists, entertainment, and daily tasks. Seniors can even use Alexa on other smart devices, including televisions, smartphones, and tablets. This compatibility makes it easy for Alexa to be used for a wide variety of commands and situations in the homes of seniors.
With its smart capabilities, Alexa provides many seniors with a sense of independence, especially those with limited mobility or who suffer from health conditions like Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. From turning on a light across the room to adjusting the room’s temperature, all it takes is a quick voice command to Alexa. Without this technology, those seniors would have to rely on someone else for assistance.
Alexa is also proving to be helpful for seniors who require memory care, particularly those with dementia. Caregivers may tire of repeated questions and the constant need for entertainment and attention. But with Alexa, seniors can ask as many questions as they want, discuss the news and weather, read audiobooks and play music — all while feeling like they’re with a helpful friend.
How Seniors Can Use Alexa
Since Alexa can be a useful tool for older adults (and even caregivers), here are some ways in which your loved one can use this smart device:
One of Alexa’s features is the Care Hub, which establishes a connection between your Alexa and an Alexa at your loved one’s home, letting you easily check in on your loved ones. Care Hub even lets you set emergency contacts for your loved one and can contact you or the emergency services when help is needed. And if your loved one is living alone or far away, Alexa has a security option, which lets your loved one set to “at home” or “away” with a simple voice command.
Though not a human, Alexa can provide hours of entertainment. Seniors can easily prompt Alexa to play their favorite music, audiobooks and podcasts, helping them to stay engaged and feel less alone.
Alexa makes it easier than ever for seniors to stay connected with family and friends. All your loved one needs to do is ask Alexa to make a phone call or video call. Alexa will even remember and dial the phone numbers for them.
Often, seniors have a lot to remember, whether it’s doctor’s appointments or taking specific medications. With Alexa, you (or your loved one) can set reminders to prompt them when it’s time to take medicine or refill a prescription.
Alexa can create and organize everything from daily to-do lists to grocery shopping lists, so your loved one can stay on top of things. All they need to do is ask Alexa, “What’s on my to-do list?” or say, “Add bread to my shopping list.” Alexa can even be used as a clock to set routines for them, helping them to wake at certain times or complete tasks at a specific time.
All in all, Alexa is one of the best ways for your loved one to stay connected, entertained and independent. Whether your loved one is in a care home or living on their own, Alexa can be a great tool for them. At 1on1, we give you the expert tools you need to take care of your aging loved ones. From senior care tips to paying for long term care, we help you make the best decisions for your loved one. Contact us today to see how 1on1 Elder Care can help you.