Feel the Joy Magazine Winter 2022 - Page 13

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WAYS BABY BOOMERS CAN USE TECH TO IMPROVE HEALTH

RESEARCH SHOWS those 55 and over , want to maintain active , independent lives as they age . Fortunately , there are plenty of tech tools that make it easy to keep up with wellness goals while staying safe .
1 . SET STEP GOALS WITH YOUR DEVICES
One simple way to boost your wellness is by making a daily commitment to physical activity . Most mobile devices now come with a pedometer , and an ability to keep your fitness data connected to a personal health record so everything is in one place .
Setting a daily step-count goal can help you prioritize fitness in a simple , attainable way . Better yet , set a goal with a friend or family member and get active together while creating a little healthy competition and moral support .
2 . CREATE HAPPY HABITS WITH APPS
Reducing stress is key to enhancing quality of life , improving happiness and reducing chances of illness as we age . From daily gratitude journals to guided meditations , there are many free and paid apps that can help us achieve greater happiness and well-being right from our smartphones or tablets .
3 . ADOPT SAVVY SOLUTIONS FOR PEACE OF MIND
Research shows that one in three older adults aren ’ t prepared to manage a medical emergency when alone . Dr . Sinha , director of health policy research at the National Institute on Ageing , says digital tools or devices that help people improve activity levels while monitoring and addressing personal safety can be incredibly important in supporting healthy ageing .
One new technology enabling independence and safety is Telus Health Companion on Apple Watch . Equipped with automatic fall detection and 24 / 7 emergency monitoring , this device provides access to a live emergency operator from anywhere , all through the modern and powerful design of Apple Watch . Learn more at telus . com / companionwatch .
* Source www . newscanada . com

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