After quite 45 days in lockdown, it’s no surprise that a lot of people are going a tad stir-crazy. But it’s far worse for seniors: Not only have visits from their kids and grandkids been suspended, but there’s the additional stress that comes with the nagging suspicion that they’ll be advised to stay on lockdown long after younger people begin trickling back to figure and therefore the world starts opening up again.
In fact, the AARP Foundation has even come up with this dire comparison: Prolonged social isolation, for those aged 50 and older, “is the health equivalent of smoking 15 cigarettes each day .” Fortuitously, a number of the niftiest technology offers solutions both to stay us connected and protect against a number of the miscreants taking advantage of things .
• Health Checks. If you’re worried that each one of the anxiety is harming your loved ones’ overall well-being, the machine-learning algorithms that analyze activity data as a part of Alarm.com’s Wellness solution can provide you with the very details you’ve suddenly found yourself obsessing about.
Did they open their medicine chest once they should, to require their prescription? Have their sleeping, eating, and (yes) bathroom patterns changed? Are they up and about during the day?
All that and more is completed by connecting their home to yours via smart-home technology, with real-time smartphone alerts to allow you to know if something’s amiss.
“You don’t even know it’s there, but it’s here to guard you and let someone know if something does fail ,” says Margarete Pullen of Dallas, Texas, whose son had the system installed by a licensed service provider for her and her husband along side a Wellcam video camera with two-way voice capability.
• Movie meet-ups. Most folks are just trying to seek out novel ways to deal with a situation that Nicholas Christakis, a scientist and physician at Yale University , told Science magazine “calls on us to suppress our profoundly human and evolutionary hard-wired impulses for connection.”
Google’s new Netflix Party extension lets friends and family watch – and video-chat their way through – a movie together on their computers. You’ll need a NetFlix subscription, on the other hand you’re liberal to debate if the Tiger King is worth all the hype and whether Carol Baskin really did kill her husband. Plus, unlike in real theaters, not many of us (if any) are physically there to complain if you’re making an excessive amount of noise eating popcorn.
• Apps! Apps! Apps! No NetFlix subscription? With apps like FaceTime, Skype, Houseparty and Zoom comes more proof that social distancing needn’t mean social disconnecting. Mass virtual dinner parties. Mass virtual “happy hours.” Mass virtual gym classes. They’ve all become quite the craze , with one Vermont couple in their eighties even touchingly using Apple’s FaceTime to ascertain and ask one another after the husband had to be put during a home that bars visitors during the pandemic.