written by Dana Herron
Every day, it seems there’s a new gadget delivered to the market. Most technological advances focus on a youthful market, but some savvy designers and developers are finding ways to use technology to help seniors. From tools to help remind aging loved ones to take their medications to monitors that track a loved one’s activity at home, we’re seeing more and more technological aids to help older people remain in their homes and remain independent longer. We’ve come a long way from the “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” stereotype of what we think seniors want and need.
But technology isn’t always easy to use, and, often, our older loved ones don’t rush out to buy the newest thing on the market. Take, for instance, smartphones. Though many older people have cell phones, the majority do not use a smartphone. When Betty Lou Luce’s grandson found out that she was afraid of driving at night, he decided to help her out. Justin Boogaard’s problem-solving has not only helped his grandmother, but has also started helping seniors nationwide. And it’s a simple solution that’s easy to use.
Justin founded GoGoGrandparent as a hotline service. No smartphone required. No internet sign-up needed. Justin’s solution was simple: connect his grandmother—and now lots of other seniors as well—directly to services or to people who can arrange for services such as Uber rides, meal delivery, or shopping. Callers at GoGoGrandparent simply have one number to dial that will then get them to any of the services. According to the company’s Web site, the service is now available in all major U.S. cities.
To learn more about GoGoGrandparent, visit their site or call them at (310) 400-5082.