Eight great technological advances for the baby boomer generation

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Not only can technology make your life easier and more fun but it also may allow you – or your loved one – to retain an independent, healthy lifestyle. Here are just eight of the many innovations now popular:

  1. Smartphones – Although it might take a bit of time to learn how to use one, most stores where you purchase it will give you a free lesson. Smartphone apps can also help you keep track of your medical history, medication schedules and other health-related concerns.
  2. Smart TVs – Televisions nowadays aren’t just used for watching network TV shows. They can be used for watching Internet TV, online interactive media and on-demand streaming media, and the ever popular Netflix.
  3. Tablets and iPads – Use these handy portable devices to watch movies, read books, check Facebook – virtually anything you do on a laptop you can do on a tablet or iPad.
  4. Automobile GPS – How did we ever travel without a Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) navigation system? No more trying to read a map or list of directions when you are traveling, especially to areas you are not familiar with. Some systems are so sophisticated now they will actually have real times photos showing you where to turn.
  5. Personal GPS – These devices can be attached to the wrist or clothing allowing the person’s movement to be tracked, allowing for caregiver’s peace of mind.
  6. Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) – A PERS device allows the wearer to call for help with the simple push of a button. Both seniors and their families can have peace of mind knowing the PERS can facilitate a call for help in any emergency situation.
  7. Home assistive devices – Devices such as LED lighting, medication dispensing appliances, photo-enhanced phone dialers, and stove shut-off systems can help seniors stay safe in their homes.
  8. Fitness Bands – As we all know, keeping active is critical for good health. Depending on the model, a fitness band worn on your wrist synced to a program on your computer, can measure how many steps you take in a day, how many calories you consume, and your heartbeat, among other things.