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Technology for the Ages

June 9, 2018

In 1901, the first radio transmission was conducted. Fast forward 27 years and you arrive at the first broadcast on television. A lot has changed since the first forms of technology-assisted communication took shape. What hasn't changed is the way technology has affected our lives. Far too often, seniors are considered too old for the technology of today. At Oasis, we know that not only can technology be used by anyone, but it can enhance their lives. Here are some great products and technologies we recommend for everyday use: Tablets and e-Readers- These hand-held devices function like a smartphone but at a larger scale. Their increased size makes reading and navigating easier than their smaller phone-sized counterparts. In addition to their easy reading size, they provide access to a large variety of books and apps. Seniors are more commonly using tablets to quickly check email, video chat and share photos with friends and family. With prices ranging from $70-$1,200, there is a model to fit almost anyone's budget. GPS - This handy piece of technology can be found as a stand-alone unit or integrated into car dashboards or smartphones. No matter how you use it, GPS makes getting around easier. Using GPS can be especially helpful when navigating your surroundings after moving to a new home or neighborhood. Skype/Facetime- Keeping in touch with the ones you love has never been easier. Using Skype, Facetime or any other video chatting software is a great way to stay connected. With a simple click of a button, you can start talking face-to-face with grandkids, friends, and family. Although this will never make up for true personal interactions, it is a great way to stay connected between visits. Fitness trackers/smartwatches- One of the latest advances in technology is in wearable devices. Fitness trackers and smartwatches are fashionable, yet functional products can be immensely helpful. With the capability to track steps, calories burned, heart rate and more, smartwatches and fitness trackers can help you achieve fitness goals and maintain a healthier lifestyle. More advanced devices integrate with your phone to help you manage email, answer calls and even play music. These products and technologies are just the tip of the electronic iceberg. With new devices appearing in the market on a daily basis, our world will continue to see dynamic changes. Make sure to check back often to see other products and services we recommend.