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Robots Are Making Life Even Easier for Active Older Adults
Many seniors choose to move into the Westminster Village Community for a quality retired lifestyle. They appreciate amenities that include lawn care, home maintenance, and cleaning services. As couples or, especially as single seniors, there is a full calendar of activities that provide for a full social life with other people.
Seniors in retirement communities are active and move daily. But not everyone in your age group has made that same decision, or has the same capabilities. So, technology companies have now seen the need for a helping hand for these seniors.
You may be one of those active seniors who does not need a robot right now, but staying in the know about what’s happening in your world is still an important thing. Robots are being produced that can do meaningful things for your neighbors or loved ones, or could be helpful in your future.
Robots can decrease loneliness for single seniors
For those single seniors who stay in their own homes, loneliness can be a major factor in both their mental and physical health. While some may still have friends and family who are always around, there will always be moments of aloneness that can be traumatic.
Technology companies have created robots that resemble, not necessarily real people, but movie characters like the ones in Star Wars. These small, but capable robots have screens that look like faces. They glide across the floor and communicate with their owners. They can tell seniors when to take medicine and when to eat. The robot can remind them of doctor’s appointments and even encourage these seniors to take walks or pursue other kinds of activities.
Another company has created life-like pets that purr or bark when you pet them. These dogs and cats need no cleaning or feeding and they are welcome in any facility or apartment complex even if it is not a pet-friendly residence.
Some seniors are safer with robots
Some of the robots being produced can detect falls. Robots, unlike human family care givers, won’t get tired, run down, or cranky. They can work 24/7 without ever needing sleep. The Smithsonian website describes experimental robots as ones that can “lift people into and out of chairs and beds, follow recipes, fold towels and dispense pills.”
Robots for everyone are on the horizon
You may not need one of the robots that will help those who stay in their home, but you may someday find something like a self-driving car would benefit your lifestyle in retirement. A type of robot, the automated car will be able to take you anywhere you need to go. As you age, your eye-sight or your reflexes may change, thus making driving more difficult. Even now, you may have trouble driving at night. Think of the additional independence a self-driving car could afford an aging person.
How much easier would it be, if you could simply get in the car and ask it to take you to the mall or to your children’s home? The internet lists at least 19-20 companies that are already designing a self-driven car that could be on the road in as little as 3 years.
And even though you have a cleaning service at Westminster Village, you might want to purchase a robotic vacuum cleaner, especially if you own a pet. The vacuum can clean when you’re not at home, fits into tight spaces and charges itself.
Robots can make life easier, more productive and safer. And no matter what you might have heard, there’s probably little danger of them taking over the world. Technology is amazing!
-Elaine of the Westminster Village Blog Tea