It is important not to underestimate the power of technology when thinking about ways to enhance a senior’s interactions with friends and family and supplement their social life. There are challenges associated with technology and older adults, like vision problems, hearing loss, health conditions, being skeptical about the need for technology or about their ability to learn to use it.
“Among adults age 45 and older, 1 in 3 are lonely. Overall, more than one-third (35 percent) of U.S. adults age 45 and older are lonely, based on the UCLA loneliness scale. “AARP Foundation – National Survey of Adults 45 and Older
However, with patience, support and the right technologies, older adults can learn to adopt technologies that have been designed with them in mind!
The HiLois app is specifically designed for older adults who may be feeling disconnected or isolated. The challenges seniors face with adopting new technology are eliminated with this hands-free way for their family and friends to share pictures and messages with them.
Always Stay connected
Keep the tablet (any iPad or Android Tablet) on a table, dresser, counter or mounted to the wall. As the family sends pictures and messages from their smartphones, the content instantly appears and automatically scrolls like a digital photo frame, and messages appear in big, bold letters!
Your Own Private Circle
The Circle is your very own private social network. It includes everyone mom cares about, including friends, family, and anyone who wants to share their precious moments
The app can present a question (difficulty level remotely set) when a photo arrives. It does not matter if the answer is right or wrong, but it stimulates the VIP and makes them think. Categories such as arithmetic, geography, politics, cooking, movies, and more are found in the Brain Teaser Mode.
One User becomes the administrator and controls the photo delivery rate, time frames, Brain Teaser Mode levels/categories and more. Anyone in the Circle can remotely pause on a particular image so you can talk to the VIP about that specific photo or message. The VIP can interact with the app or do nothing and simply enjoy photos and messages from the family.
Tom Tressler is the director of customer development for HiLois. He has a rich background in healthcare and technology. He covers health, technology and healthy aging news for the HiLois blog.