Liberty through Technology
What is Aging in Place and What is Technology’s Role?
Background image: Happy Senior Couple From Behind Looking at Front of House.
We are living in a time that allows us to benefit greatly from technology. These benefits can be for all ages and types of people at their work, on the run, and at home. This technology can also be a double-edged sword as there are ways to expose your private and financial information to those that intend to exploit, steal, or scam.
The best way to benefit from technology is to understand the basics. Senior citizens can specifically take advantage of modern technology by using it to enrich their lives and, in keeping with a growing trend, utilizing it to help them with Aging in Place. Imagine ordering your groceries with a device in your kitchen and having the fresh groceries delivered that same day.
But what is this Internet of Things that enables all these so-called smart devices? What is a smart home or even a smart device? How do you protect your personal information and smart devices connected to your home internet? How do you behave while on the internet? How do you keep learning how to use technology while aging in place? How do you deal with all these questions and keep your head on straight?
Background image: Elderly couple sitting comfortably on a sofa with their backs holding remote home control system on a digital tablet
Aging in Place is becoming an ever increasingly popular topic among those preparing for or just entering retirement. Why not live in a comfortable home and be independent at this age? The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention defines aging in place as,”the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.”. Aging in place includes being able to plan for your home, health care, finances, travel, and entertainment.
While making a plan for aging in place one has to consider how technology can assist with this process. How can a smart home be beneficial for those that want to age in place? What is the role of smart home security and all devices connected to your internet? How is a personal tech support team and its services part of this process?
To understand this better one has to learn how all these devices that amplify living at home are connected. This is what is referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT).