We've all seen Alexa, and for those of us familiar with science fiction in the 1950s she might feel like something straight off the pages of an old pulp magazine. A voice-activated computer that can hear our questions, give us answers, and activate advanced technologies built into our homes, and it has the calming tones of a professionally trained voice actress to boot? That's right out of the classics. The sort of thing seniors today thought of as fiction, but which has become fact.
Not only that, but Alexa can actually help boost memory in today's seniors by turning day planning into conversations.
Alexa is patient, and providing, in a way that only a machine can be. If seniors, particularly those whose memories are getting hard to hold onto, have questions, Alexa will answer them. Even if said senior has the same question five or six times in a day, Alexa will give the same answer in the same, pleasant tone of voice. If seniors want to hear about the weather, or listen to music, Alexa will assist them. Alexa can also provide reminders to take medication, and to let seniors know when they have appointments. She can even help them make phone calls, which can be particularly important for seniors who need help, but who can't get to a phone.
While she might seem like just another tech toy meant to indulge the younger generation, Alexa is actually much more helpful for seniors. As you are learning to deal with the changes that aging can bring, be patient with yourself, patient with your loved one, seek advice and answers to questions, and remember you are not in this alone. Contact a Caring Senior Service team member today!