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Tech Education at Fairwinds – River’s Edge

Fairwinds - Rivers Edge Technology Education

Alissa Sauer

At Fairwinds – River’s Edge, we encourage residents to learn new things and make the most of every day. Part of thriving in today’s world is understanding technology, especially mobile technology such as smartphones, virtual assistant technology, and tablets. Learn more about how and why we encourage our independent living residents to explore mobile technology.

Using technology is an important part of living well in 2022. Through technology, we can connect with loved ones who are not physically near; we can live vicariously through digital photos, we can learn new things, and even plan great adventures.

“Having an open mind and a willingness to learn is half the battle!” – Justin Weaver, Fairwinds – River’s Edge employee and tech guru

With tech, as with anything, there can be a learning curve. However, today’s tech is designed with users in mind, and with just a little bit of direction, seniors can greatly benefit from using it.

Understanding the Benefits of Technology for Seniors

There’s no question that mobile technology is changing the way we live. Pretending it does not exist or trying to live without it is nearly impossible, and for many seniors, it can greatly improve their quality of life. Here are a few ways mobile technology benefits seniors:

1. Wearable technology can improve health and wellness.

We have never had more real-time access to our health, from fitness trackers to smartwatches. Today’s wearable tech allows us to track steps, sleep habits, reminds us to stand, and even reminds us to breathe at times. With the click of a button or the touch of a screen, we can access sleep records, exercise habits, and so much more, giving medical professionals a well-rounded and comprehensive look into our health and wellness.

2. Brain games on mobile devices may improve cognitive health.

Some studies have found that brain games on smartphones and tablets may increase cognitive health and slow the progression of dementia. These games include memory games, brain fitness games, and logic puzzles. Some of these games are found in our BrainHQ program, which uses artificial intelligence to create personalized plans shown to get research-backed results.

3. GPS location tracking can provide peace of mind.

Most smartphones have location trackers, providing friends and family peace of mind, especially for senior loved ones who may wander.

4. Video calls provide unparalleled access to friends and family who live far away.

When seniors cannot be physically present with family and friends, technology makes it easy to be together. Video calls, group texts, and photo sharing through mobile tech make it easier for families to be together, celebrate special milestones, and be engaged in others’ lives.

5. Mobile technology brings flexibility and spontaneity to every day.

Gone are the days when plans are made days in advance. Being an active part of life today requires flexibility. Change of lunch plans? Need to push dinner back? When seniors can use technology confidently, they can respond to a change of plans at the moment, being where they want to be when they want to be there.

For seniors who find technology overwhelming or just want to become more familiar with their devices, Fairwinds – River’s Edge is hosting a workshop focusing on portable technology, including smartphones, virtual assistants, and tablets. Our workshop will be in our community on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at 2:00 pm. Contact us today to RSVP! 


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