Using personal assistants is a practice that’s slowly seeping into the lives of millions of people around the world. While such technology may seem only suitable for young generations, seniors can actually benefit from it in different ways, some of which may not seem too obvious. Below, I’ll go through the top six uses of Alexa for elders.
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Check the Weather
Why bother checking the weather channel when you can ask Alexa to give you the latest updates from the comfort of your chair? Simply say “Alexa, what’s the weather?”, and you’ll know whether you need to take your hat or umbrella when going out. If you’d like to find out what the weather will be in the future, you can say “Alexa, what’s the forecast for tomorrow?”
Set Medication Reminders
A pill before lunch, a sip on the afternoon, and an injection right before hitting the sack. Medications can be really confusing, especially for seniors suffering from a weak memory. Thankfully, using Alexa, you can set reminders to take medicines at different times. To do so, just say “Alexa, remind me to take my pill every day at 6PM. You’ll never miss a tablet again.
Gone are the days when one needed a pen and paper to write to-do and shopping lists. Today, you can do it without rising a finger. To do so, say “Alexa, create a list.” Once you do that, Alexa will ask you to name the different items that you want to include. If you forget something that you want to add later on, just say “Alexa, add an item to my shopping list” and say what you’d like to add.
Hear the News
Skimming through newspapers to get the latest news can be eye-tiring. To avoid such a hassle, you can let Amazon Echo brief the most recent headlines for you by saying “Alexa, what’s the news?”
Ask for Help When You Need It
Although you can use your phone to call a loved one when you need help, that option may not always be available when you need it, that’s why it can be tremendously useful to enable the “Ask My Buddy” skill, which allows you to ask Alexa to call someone on your behalf. Once enabled, you’ll be asked to enter the phone numbers of your contact. Should you need to call one of them, simply say “Alexa, call my buddy to send help,” and Alexa will send an alert to your contacts.
Getting old isn’t an excuse to stop exercising. To turn Alexa into your personal trainer, you need to enable one of the fitness skills available in the Alexa skill database, such as 7-Minute Workout and Engage Workout. Whenever you’re in the mood for quick training or stretching session, say “Alexa, start Engage Workout” or “Alexa, start the seven-minute workout app.”
How Did Alexa Help You?
Those are just some of the uses of Alexa for seniors, and the list goes on and on. What’s stopping you from getting it?