If your loved one doesn't have an Amazon account, help them set one up (or add them to yours). Why? Because, used properly, Amazon can be an amazing tool to help seniors navigate their day-to-day lives.
For starters, the company's Amazon Fresh grocery delivery service means your loved one can get meals and ingredients delivered to their own home, giving you peace of mind that your relative won't be without a meal if their mobility is limited.
Older adults can also benefit from Amazon Pharmacy. With this service, older adults can send in prescriptions, set up a payment system, and have their medications delivered straight to their front door. Throw in an automatic medication dispenser (which, yes, of course you can find on this online retailer), and your loved one will have a much easier time taking their medications on schedule.
You could even go one step further and introduce your relative to Alexa, the voice-activated artificial intelligence assistant. As part of an Amazon Smart Home system, Alexa can automatically take care of certain tasks like turning lights off and on or even send out periodic reminders for hair and doctor appointments.
Managing tasks like light switches might seem like a luxury, but that couldn't be further from the truth; it could very well help save your relative from a bad fall. You see, about a quarter of senior citizens in the United States fall every single year. Falls, unfortunately, are a major cause of both nonfatal and fatal injuries for older adults in this country. Part of the reason older adults may stumble? Poorer vision, as they may be unable to see certain obstacles in their way. Having Alexa activate lights for your relative means your loved one can better navigate their home, helping to reduce the odds of a fall due to obscured vision.