These days, it’s easy to feel like a new gadget or piece of technology has been released every week. From the latest smartphone models to smart home devices, technology is rapidly changing the world around us.
However, you don’t have to be a millennial to enjoy recent technological advancements. In fact, there are now plenty of senior-friendly products and services that have been improved thanks to technology.
1. Stay Connected
Thanks to advancements in streaming technology and wireless networks, it has never been easier to stay connected. Popular streaming services like Skype are an effective way to communicate with people across the world, and social media platforms like Facebook have also stepped up their calling capabilities.
2. Find Deals
Couponing or rummaging through flyers to find deals is gradually becoming a thing of the past. There are a myriad of price-matching apps or reward platforms currently available that can help savvy shoppers save some of their hard-earned money. If you have an Android or IOS device, you can find many of these apps for free on the app store!
3. Increase Security
If you have travel plans on the horizon, you can now use smart home security systems to improve the overall security of your home while you’re away. There are numerous benefits to owning a smart home alarm system, such as greatly reducing the chance of burglaries and enjoying peace of mind while away from home.
4. Keep Track of Items
How many times have you misplaced your car keys or another item of value? Well, thanks to technological advancements in GPS tracking, you can now attach small tracking devices to your most valuable assets to keep track of them.
Companies like Tile sell affordable GPS trackers, and you can also use your computer to track the latest smartphone models in case you misplace or lose your device (or have it stolen).
5. Enjoy Improved Fitness
Smart fitness devices like FitBit have grown in popularity over recent years, and that’s for good reason. Smart fitness devices are an excellent way to monitor activity levels, dietary habits, and even sleeping patterns.
Keeping up with personal health and fitness becomes increasingly important as we age. If it’s difficult to find motivation to remain active, a smart fitness device may provide the right amount of encouragement to help build a healthy habit.
6. Keep Track of Finances
Improvements in technology have also opened the doors for mobile banking and budgeting apps, simplifying the lives of consumers around the world. There are a myriad of free and paid budgeting apps or personal finance trackers available these days, making saving money or cutting down on frivolous spending habits easier than ever before!
7. Remain Informed
If you’re approaching retirement age or have already retired, technology can provide an effective solution to remain informed on world events or events happening in your own community.
As the world becomes increasingly digitized, companies and local organizations are continually moving a paperless, online system for delivering the news. If you want to stay informed, joining mailing lists or online groups is a simple way to stay in the loop and to remain engaged.
8. Make Incredible Travel Plans
Thanks to price comparison websites and online travel agencies, it has never been easier to make travel arrangements to embark on the journey of a lifetime. From finding last-minute cruise deals to cheap flight discounts, travel is becoming more affordable and senior-friendly than ever before.
9. Make Shopping More Accessible
As eCommerce continues to boom on a global level, online shopping is becoming increasingly convenient for many consumers.
Companies like Amazon provide affordable and fast purchasing options for a range of goods that were previously only sold in-store. From toilet paper to pet food, if you’re in need of something, there’s a strong likelihood you can buy it from Amazon and have it shipped to your doorstep within 24 hours.
10. Try Exciting New Dishes
If you’re looking to spice things up in the kitchen, many popular meal delivery services can help provide a spark of creativity! Companies such as HelloFresh or Blue Apron mail inspiring meal kits to your door. This service simplifies the meal planning process and saves consumers valuable time.
Technological change can often seem overwhelming. However, by staying up to date on digital trends and embracing change, seniors can improve their quality of living and take advantage of exciting new products and services.
Danielle K. Roberts is a Medicare insurance expert and co-founder at Boomer Benefits, where her team of experts help baby boomers with their Medicare decisions nationwide.