A SimpleC Guest Blog For Woodland Ridge: Technology Should Be Simple

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The first thing you should know is: things have changed. People are pushing computers your way because there has never been a better time to dive into them. Today’s devices have touch screens and don’t require training. There are no more extraneous accessories and no more mazes of wires. No more user manuals to read and no new clickers or remotes to figure out. Even if these new tablets and smartphones still seem a little daunting, you have family and caregivers to support you. They can help you get started and encourage you to keep learning new devices. Benefiting from technology is easy.

Technology creates ease of access; it is faster than shuffling through boxes in the attic to locate a document. It is easier than finding and repairing those old scrapbooks with pages falling out of them. Pictures, records, and even videotapes can now all be digitized. All these things can be found in one place: your tablet. Photos, videos, and memories can live on ‘the cloud,’ whatever that means. But everything is at your fingertips. Everything is on demand. All your memories, stories, and artifacts are right next to you sitting on the end table, stored in your simple-to-use device.

We believe that your pictures and music should be easy to access and always available. A current challenge of not being a techie is relying on others to keep track of this media. It is not convenient asking others to locate your photos, music records, and videotapes. You, your friends, and family can work together to consolidate all your audiovisual materials into one place. You’ll be able to access all our favorite pictures and music without having to bug others for it. They are your memories. You own them; you should be able to use them whenever you would like.

Technology is more straightforward than ever. It can finally make your life easier and allow you to be more independent. Now let’s get down to the specific reasons why technology can help you and is not just a toy.

As we age, our need to remember appointments, follow schedules, participate in therapies, and connect with family and friends. All these become increasingly more important. Technology has become the most innovative and supported method to accomplish these necessary tasks. There are thousands of reminder apps, scheduling calendars, therapy programs, and social media methods out there in the digital world. These software and application solutions have made connecting and managing lives a reality.

Going to healthcare appointments, taking medicine on-time, and setting daily schedules is crucial for aging adults to follow. Neglecting to do so could result in personal harm, unhappiness, and a loss of independence. Using technology as a personal assistant can help remind you of your appointments, cue you to take your medicine on time, and make your daily schedules transparent.

All research indicates that spurring memories with intimate photos, videos, music, family voices and other audiovisual materials can keep a mind more active and, most importantly, happier. Remember those attic boxes, scrapbooks, 8mm videotapes, and music records? They all transcribe to a type of therapy. Reminiscence therapy involves looking at photos of happy memories, listening to your favorite music from the good ol’ days, and watching videos of life events and stories. Simply consolidating all of your mementos digitally and housing them in one spot, on your device, will provide you with one of the best therapy techniques you’ll ever find, and it will all be in arms reach.

Connecting with people is another way to stay engaged and happy. Technology has paved the way for people to be closer to each other without necessarily being in the same room. Through messaging apps and social media, you can communicate with friends and loved ones. You can stay connected with them and experience their stories, vacations, and life events as they share pictures and post updates. Surrounding yourself, whether physically or digitally, with people you care about can significantly improve your mood and wellbeing.

So, that’s the deal. Technology has changed for the better. Let it help manage and connect your life. Give it a chance, with SimpleC.

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