Technology for aged care

More than 90 per cent of Australians wish to age in their own home. Find out how these technological advancements can help you or your parents remain at home for longer without compromising on safety or health.

Kindle
The Kindle is an e-Reader, or a device on which you can read books. While the Kindle may not be a health-specific piece of technology, it can certainly improve your quality of life. There are 80,000 eBooks (electronic books) available for the Kindle for under $10, and you can use the device to make the text bigger or smaller for easy reading. It is a cost-effective way to access books, and these days many libraries also offer eBooks for the Kindle free of charge – they simply have a time limit, or a ‘loan period’, after which you must re-borrow them. Kindle e-Readers start at $79, but be aware that the cheaper option of each model will show advertising when you are not reading. Find out more about the Kindle at www.amazon.com.

Antibiotics reminder
The National Prescribing Service (NPS) has developed an app for iPhone and iPad which will help you to ensure you never forget to take your antibiotics again. It allows you to search for the type of antibiotics you are taking and input the dosage and frequency your doctor has prescribed. The app then creates a series of alarms to remind you to take your medication. It is a simple and clever way to keep you healthy, and best of all it’s free. Find out more about the NPS Antibiotics Reminder.

Kitchen aids
Technology doesn’t have to mean computers. If you are starting to feel the ache of arthritis, or know someone who isn’t as steady using a knife in the kitchen as they once were, why not look at the kitchen aids at Arthritis Solutions? They have cutting systems, jar openers, spill-proof plates and other ingenious solutions to make cooking easier and safer. To find out more visit www.arthritissolutions.com.au.

iHealth
The iHealth system is an app for the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch which, with the aid of a few accessories, allows you to test, track and graph your blood pressure, heart-rate and weight. The system also allows you to share your results securely with friends, family and health care professionals. Self-monitoring is a great way to make sure your health is on track without frequent visits to your GP. Find out more about the iHealth system.

Slow cooker
Another kitchen invention, the slow cooker is an electrical device which, as the name suggests, cooks food on a low heat over a long period of time. It allows you to put a meal on at the start of the day when you have more energy, and leave it unattended until you are ready to eat at dinnertime. It also reduces the risk of burns from using the stove, and it is budget-friendly as often the cheaper, tougher cuts of meat produce the best results, due to the long cooking time. Slow cookers are perfect for casseroles, stews, sauces and soups. Not sure what brand of slow cooker might be best for you? This forum thread over at www.taste.com.au has some invaluable reviews from people who have already bought one.

Have you found a piece of technology which has been helpful in keeping you active around the home? Why not share it with our readers in the comments below?



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