The Benefits of the Apple Watch for Seniors

Have you noticed that as you or your family members grow older, technology aims to become more helpful in the healthy aging process? One such product that does so is the Apple Watch.

How the Apple Watch Benefits Seniors

Believe it or not, the Apple Watch isn’t just for the young and tech savvy. Apple Watch users of all ages can take advantage of the many benefits that come with sporting this fashionable wrist piece. 

At Ginger Cove, we provide everything seniors need to live a fulfilling, independent lifestyle – and when we see residents walking around with their Apple Watch, we take comfort in knowing they have an extra layer of protection with them at all times.

Let’s learn more about the beneficial features of the Apple Watch, below, and why it will make a great gift for yourself or your aging loved ones.

10 Benefits of the Apple Watch for Seniors

The Apple Watch is a smartwatch that offers several benefits to seniors, including enhancing their overall well-being and providing tools for improved health management. Here are some helpful capabilities of the Apple Watch:

1. Fall detection features

The Apple Watch Series 4, which hit the market in 2018, and all newer models up to today’s Series 9, are equipped with fall detection capabilities. If the device detects a hard fall or something that feels like a hard fall, your wrist will sound an alarm, and the device will automatically contact emergency services and share the user’s location with emergency contacts. 

2. Heart health monitoring

Most of the recent Apple Watch models have health features like the ECG app and irregular heart rhythm/atrial fibrillation notifications. These can help seniors monitor their heart health and provide early warnings for potential cardiovascular issues.

3. Activity tracking

The Apple Watch encourages users to stay active by tracking daily movement, exercise, and standing goals. This can be particularly helpful for seniors to maintain a healthy level of physical activity, especially when they see hard health data.

4. Medication reminders

Seniors can set up medication reminders on their Apple Watch, ensuring they take their medications on time. The watch can send notifications and reminders to help seniors stay on track with their health routines.

5. Emergency SOS

The Emergency SOS feature allows users to quickly call for help and notifies emergency contacts with their location in case of an emergency. The ability to make instant phone calls and provide alerts is truly a lifesaving feature. It is important to note, however, that Emergency SOS will only work when there’s a cellular connection or when the device is connected to Wi-Fi.

6. Health apps

The Apple Watch supports various health apps that help seniors monitor and manage specific health conditions, such as diabetes or respiratory issues, all in one place. Also, if you have your Medical ID already programmed into your iPhone, it will auto populate onto your Apple Watch. 

7. Communication

Seniors can make calls directly from their Apple Watch, and the device also supports features like voice-to-text messaging, making communication more accessible and convenient. 

8. Noise alerts

The Noise app on the Apple Watch helps users monitor the ambient noise levels in their environment, providing alerts when exposure to loud sounds could impact hearing health. Also, the “tap your wrist” sound feature works hand in hand with the Noise app in that you can simply program your watch to a certain number of taps to control volume and other sounds.

9. Mindfulness and breathing exercises

The Apple Watch includes features for guided mindfulness and breathing exercises, promoting relaxation and stress reduction. This is a great way to remind the active senior or the senior with higher blood pressure to slow down a bit and reset.

10. Customizable watch faces

Seniors can customize their watch faces to include features such as weather, calendar events, and activity rings, providing quick access to information important to their daily routines.

 

Whether you’re purchasing one for yourself or a loved one, it’s important to remember that while an Apple Watch can be a valuable tool for seniors, it should not and does not act as a substitute for professional medical advice or devices. Seniors should consult with healthcare professionals for personalized guidance on using wearable technology for their specific health needs.

 

Mature woman jogging in the park and looking concentrated using an apple watch

Live a Healthy Retirement Lifestyle at Ginger Cove

Ginger Cove is the perfect place to make the most of a healthy and active retirement. We promise you’ll get that step goal in, especially with easy access to our highly equipped Fitness and Wellness Center! Call 410-670-7793 to learn more or schedule a tour today.

 

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