Technology and health

Judy defies the stereotype of tech-shy seniors. She enjoys her computer, her iPhone and her Apple watch.

As Rim Country Health & Rehabilitation continually provides information on long-term care and rehab therapies, along with contacts for other local resources, we also review information on topics that are trending.

Technology really can, and does, help our aging and disabled community.

Meet Judy, a local Payson resident, who’s an early adopter of technology from way back. She’s been an RN for decades and currently works at Hospice Compassus and is a proficient user of digital technology. Just a few months ago, she purchased an Apple watch.

“I’ve wanted one of these (Apple watches) since the day it came out! Once I read through this user guide, I’ll be able to use this when I walk (to count my steps) and for my workouts at the GCC gym. And, it even has a heart rate monitor and an emergency call out, if I need help,” she explained.

How’s that for proactive?

Technology is increasingly user friendly now. Residents in Rim Country can utilize technology and services including the Beeline Bus, a variety of Call Captioning Phones (free to hearing impaired), patient portals (read test results, communicate with physician online); and, the telemedicine and telehealth services from Banner Payson (consultation, diagnosis, education) and more.

The goal is to provide access so you can maintain your health and independence. Ask your local physician about the technologies/services offered by their practice. A combination of your physician’s recommendations and your use of technology could be a winning combination.

(Note: If you’re experiencing an emergency, please call 9-1-1.)

Contact the reporter 

tmcquerrey@payson.com

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