As technology continues to advance, digital tools are being developed that aim to make our lives more convenient, more informed, and safer. Many of these tools are available directly in the palm of our hands through our smartphones and tablets.
Health and fitness are areas that many of these digitals tools and resources focus on, encouraging users to maintain an active lifestyle.
CaraVita Village, an independent living community in Montgomery, Alabama, knows how valuable these digital tools and resources are to improving wellness, primarily focused on the senior health of our residents. We want to highlight a few that aim to improve health outcomes, connectivity, and your retirement lifestyle!
Having a smartphone is like having a miniature computer in your pocket or purse at all times. Some great digital tools and apps a smartphone could offer include, but are not limited to, the following:
Skype - This free telecommunications application allows you to call family members, friends, and neighbors with ease. The best part? You can use video tools and increase feelings of connectivity, especially when face-to-face is not an option!
Medisafe - This app serves as a medication reminder for users. Medisafe allows you to create a comprehensive list of your medications, when you take them, and other instructions within the app. From there, not only will it remind the user when to take their medication, but it also reminds the user when he or she is running low and needs to refill a prescription.
The Fabulous - This app is a simple yet effective scientific-based coach that helps you to reach your health and productivity goals. It aims to help users rethink their behaviors to achieve a healthier lifestyle!
iBooks or the Kindle app - These free apps allow a user to purchase and download books right to their smartphone (or smart device)! Research has shown that “reading as little as six minutes a day can reduce stress levels by 60% by reducing your heart rate, easing muscle tension, and altering your state of mind (MHFA Centre).”
Digital Tools & Resources on Your Computer
While some of these resources are also available on smartphones, a computer may be a more practical way to access the information. The following resources aim to be educational tools for older adults regarding health issues, benefits, and more.
AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) - AARP is a fantastic resource that offers news, local events, and relevant information regarding senior health and aging.
The National Institute on Aging - The National Institute on Aging is a government organization dedicated to researching and providing useful senior health knowledge. They fund countless research projects and share their discoveries, findings, and feedback. They also offer a variety of guides, articles, and tips focused on older adults and senior health issues.
SeniorDiscounts.com - There are various restaurants, stores, and businesses that offer discounts to those 55-plus. SeniorDiscounts.com allows you to search their database of over 250,000 businesses to discover what is available in your area and how to take advantage of these savings.
Beyond these national resources, we encourage you to investigate your local area or senior center to see if they offer additional resources and support to improve your quality of life.
“For every one of us, aging is inevitable, and our personal challenges will evolve over time. As the senior demographic grows ever larger, industries are introducing groundbreaking technological solutions to the challenges of health and home care that pave the way for better quality of life in our later years (Institute on Aging).”
CaraVita Village, a retirement community in Montgomery, Alabama, wants our residents to feel empowered during retirement. Whether through digital tools or the ability to enjoy an independent lifestyle, we want to help those 55-plus lead active and productive lives.
We invite you to contact CaraVita Village to learn more about our independent living services, our community, and how we can transform your retirement!