On the Road Again: ActiveCare System Among Top Tech Gadgets for Seniors Who Love to Travel

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Personal alert system lets senior citizens and those with disabilities connect with care specialists with the push of a button

Technology has opened up new opportunities for senior citizens wanting to travel. ... ActiveCare’s Personal Assistance Link helps keep seniors safe and healthy as they trek around the country visiting family and friends.

With many senior citizens traveling around the country to see new places, technology is helping make it easier for them. The digital age has made seniors more comfortable using electronics, and the Personal Assistance Link (PAL) from ActiveCare lets senior citizens and those with disabilities stay in touch with care specialists remotely from anywhere in the United States.

The one-touch system looks like a small cell phone with large buttons. With the push of a button seniors are connected to ActiveCare’s center and someone who can help with everything from calling an ambulance to connecting them with their physician or family members.

“The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” said Jack Johnson, a board member for Utah-based ActiveCare.

In addition, he said the PAL system is able to detect whether some has fallen.

“There is no need to press a button. The person will be immediately connected with a care specialist if a fall occurs,” Johnson explained.

Systems like ActiveCare’s make it easier for people to travel. And here are some other travel technologies catching on with the senior crowd:

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W570

Seniors will want to be sure to capture special memories from their trip with the help of a camera. The Sony Cyber-Shot is one of the best camera options for simplicity of use. No need for menu knowledge, the camera’s Easy Shooting mode takes great photos without a lot of fuss. It goes into auto settings when first powered on, allowing users to simply focus on their subject. The ultra-light camera even features SteadyShot image stabilization for unsteady hands.

Apple iPad

Although there are multiple options in laptop computers that a senior can take on the road, an iPad might be the best alternative out there. The iPad is easy to carry and store, and using it is as easy as swiping a finger across the screen. There is no need for a mouse. Among the most convenient features is the ability to zoom in on text, making it larger and easy to read. Apple’s iBook or Amazon’s Kindle apps offer books on almost any topic imaginable for seniors who love to read. They may even download travel guides to help plan their trip.

Innergie Duo USB Travel Charging Kit

Innergie’s Duo USB Travel Charging Kit cuts down on having a bunch of confusing cables for charging electrical devices. Connectors are consolidated onto a single cord. The cable has multiple tips to make it compatible with cameras, smartphones, GPS units and eReaders. The kit also includes wall and automobile adapters.

Garmin GPS

For seniors taking a road trip, a GPS may be one of the most useful accessories they will find. Garmin has a number of options with large touch screens that are intuitive to use. The devices are easy to set up and come preloaded with maps and directions to restaurants, hotels, shopping and other points of interest. Garmin’s voice guide is clear and loud, and directions are shown on the screen in a large, easy-to-read typeface.

“Technology has opened up new opportunities for senior citizens wanting to travel,” Johnson said.

The PAL system also uses GPS to pinpoint the location of users when they contact the ActiveCare call center.

“ActiveCare’s Personal Assistance Link helps keep seniors safe and healthy as they trek around the country visiting family and friends,” Johnson said.

About ActiveCare

ActiveCare is a leading provider of independent living systems. The company’s Personal Assistance Link allows senior citizens to live actively and independently knowing that medical assistance is available with the push of a button 24 hours per day. Visit http://www.activecare.com/ for more information.

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