Technology Increasing Independent Living Among Seniors
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Technology has given senior citizens the ability to live more independently.
From smartphone applications to websites, seniors have multiple tools to try out.
Local health professionals say they are excited about these technologies, and some seniors are starting to see the benefits.
Ronald Ross, also known as "Doc," says technology has played an important role in his life.
"I started off in Vietnam with photography with an old manual camera, and as the time went on technology increased, it grew, my cameras grew," Ross said.
Doc says he embraces new technology, and without it he wouldn't be here today.
"When we were younger we looked for challenges. It's the reason we went to war; that's the reason we did the things that we did. As we got older, what did we do, become more safe," he said.
Technology lets people maintain a much higher quality of life in their later years, into their 90s and even early 100s.
Paul Sweeney with the VA Medical Center says there are many ways seniors can use technology to help them live more independent lives. "One of the really nice ones for the seniors that can use them, our Bluetooth capable hearing aids. Phone apps are probably one of the areas that are really starting to grow now. There are calendars that can be color coded, there's medication apps and there's what they call geolocators."
For veterans specifically, one tool is a website: myhealthevet.com.
"It's probably one of the best programs in the country today for veterans," said Ross.
Dan Jackson, the administrative officer at the Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center, said, "They have access through secure message to make appointments, get referrals for eye appointments or specialty appointments."
Veterans can go to the hospital to learn how to get registered and see how the website can benefit them.
Officials say 600 veterans have registered this year.
"I'd say to any senior out there, if you have a little bit of ability, just a little bit, go challenge yourself," Ross said.
Although he isn't a real doctor, Doc recommends fellow seniors try a dose of new technology.