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CES highlights importance of technology for seniors

January 9, 2014

Technology has become an integral part of senior living, and as the elderly population grows, organizations are collaborating to help older adults adopt the latest gadgets and other devices. This was certainly on display at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas where industry insiders discussed how technology can improve quality of life for older adults or those who have functional limitations, Variety reported.

This initiative is spearheaded by the Consumer Electronics Association Foundation, which has provided grants to organizations ranging from Older Adults Technology Services to the Hearing Loss Association of America to help get the appropriate tech into the hands of seniors who can benefit the most.

The benefits of incorporating technology in senior care can be seen in a wide variety of ways, experts say. For instance, using applications such as Skype in place of telephones can help older adults who may be hard of hearing because they can read lips or sign language. Furthermore, increased connectivity can alleviate seniors' isolation, which has a far-reaching effect on healthy aging.

"If they're not able to see their friends or family on a regular basis, that can have a really significant impact both physically and mentally on their health," Stephen Ewell, executive director of the CEA Foundation, told the publication. 

Seniors are certainly more likely to make use of technology than those of generations past. According to recent findings from the Pew Research Center, as of April 2012, approximately 69 percent of adults 65 and older have a mobile phone, which is up significantly from just 57 percent in 2010.