Health and technology
Technology has simplified our lives and there’s no denying, it’s now an integral part in helping life function. No more so than in the way we care for ourselves.
Laptops, tablets and phones are the base of our connectivity. They keep us connected to friends and family through emails, phone or video calls, and instant messaging. Apps such as Skype, Facetime or WhatsApp are excellent for this, especially if the family are interstate or overseas.
The advent of Telehealth also means some medical appointments can be held via a phone or video call. Ask your GP or psychologist if this is available to you. It could save you considerable time in a doctor’s waiting room.
Wearables have become the must have. These are the gadgets you wear – iWatch, Fitbit and Garmin are the common ones – measuring your physical activity, heart rate and calories. These wearables are continually becoming more attuned to your wellbeing, and data collection has extended to blood pressure, sleep patterns and other information useful to your doctor. A side benefit: many have an alarm which can be set to remind you to get up and move if you are seated too long.
Entertainment assists in maintaining executive function. Technology in the form of eReading devices such as Kindle and Kobo ensures you always have a book with you. Smart TVs allow for easy access to streaming services, while gaming (through a console such as Xbox or apps on your phone) will assist with concentration, dexterity and decision-making.
A smart voice assistant is where the fun really begins. Amongst other things, Google Home or Alexa, will play music, set a reminder or dim the lights – all on voice command.
A visit to a local electronics store or google search will give you all the information you need.