Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Apps Revolutionize Aging


Jessica Rigor leads the apps discussion. Photo by Jesus Calo

Jessica Rigor leads the apps discussion. Photo by Jesus Calo

“For the next generation of retirees, the question that will trump all others will be a simple one: How do you add life to longer lives? The equally simple answer: technology.” ~ Dr. Joe Coughlin Director, MIT AgeLab

As the 10th anniversary of the iPhone approaches in September, the latest revolutionary version of the smartphone is highly anticipated. Since its initial release in 2007, the Apple iPhone has innovated the way people in society live their everyday lives. It’s safe to say that websites and applications (apps) are changing the way we age. If you can think of an app to simplify your life, the virtual Apple store most likely has it.

These days everything from banking and budget management to food orders and transportation can be summoned by a simple click of a button – or in this case, your screen. Your smartphone is one of the most powerful tools in today’s modern world.

Recognizing the need to educate women on how to best utilize this powerful tool, the Women’s Financial Group met on July 11 for a special seminar, designed and presented by Raymond James’ Certified Financial Planner Darcie Guerin and Client Service Associate Jessica Rigor. The goal: to learn about the various apps that can make it easier for women to work, stay healthy, live in the home of their choice, and remain socially connected as they age.

Jessica Rigor led the discussion and hands-on course. One of the topics was how baby boomers can factor tech solutions into their financial plans for a quality future. Apps provide access to investment and bank accounts, allowing the user to keep up to date on stock market fluctuations, pay bills, or make bank deposits by phone.

But finances are only a part of life’s equation that apps address. Many apps exist that can help create simplicity in our lives and greater peace of mind. For example, many retirees have family who live far away. They may worry that in the case of an emergency their medical information will be hard to access. Apps now exist that will allow access to your emergency medical information from any computer or mobile, such as Medical ID in your iPhone’s Health app, Ibluebutton or My Medical.

As we age, even simple tasks can become discouraging. The challenge sets in when we are less mobile and want to stay active and connected. Apps can reduce our feelings of isolation in retirement, or when our mobility is reduced due to age or illness. WhatsApp, Skype, LinkedIn and Facebook all provide a positive means of staying in touch and connected with others.

Other apps that can improve our quality of life include Lumosity, which provides cognitive games, a fun way to keep the brain active as we age. For cooking help, recipes and tips many use the Blue Apron app. If getting out to your favorite restaurant is difficult, have dinner delivered by using the Eat 24 or UberEats apps. And most of us are already familiar with transportation apps, Lyft and Uber.

The ladies in attendance used the class to get familiar with their phones’ capabilities. Whether the concern was staying on the job, staying connected, staying mobile, keeping up with home and health, they learned “there’s an app for that.”

While we all wait on the new iPhone model’s release, join in on the discussion to discover new apps to help simplify your life. For more information about Apps & Apps and the next topics of discussion, call 239-389-1041. You can also try Uber to 606 Bald Eagle Drive, Suite 401.

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