During our prime years, socializing with others is second nature and throughout life, our relationships evolve, often staying intact with those who happen to be in the same life stage as we are. However, according to research from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) social interaction is just as important during the silver years as it is in youth because it benefits our physical and mental health.
An estimated 13.8 million people in the United States are considered older adults and have reported to live alone. That is a significant amount of folks that are at high risk of experiencing social isolation, and according to an article written by the NIA: Social isolation, loneliness in older people pose health risks, that is a contributing factor to declining health such as, “high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, a weakened immune system, anxiety, depression, cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease, and even death.”
Why and how does isolation happen? Can it be prevented?
Social isolation can happen for a number of reasons like the death of a significant other, no longer living in the vicinity of friends and family or perhaps life’s busy schedule interferes with communication. Knowing the risks that come with isolation in the aging community should be all the reason to do our best to keep in contact with them; making an effort to engage with them will not only boost their spirits but it strengthens the overall relationship too.
A great way to be interactive with your aging loved one is to use video calling, to spark up a conversation with them in the comfort of your home! ONSCREEN has created a secure TV video calling platform utilized through your television by connecting it to the simple Spark smart camera to it. The Spark can fit on or next to any TV, and is non-invasive and easy to use. The best part of it is that the recipient of the call can answer your call with only their smart phone or tablet using the ONSCREEN app. However, the best experience is absolutely when both parties have an ONSCREEN Spark TV Video Calling Smart Camera.
The ONSCREEN Spark provides you an opportunity to “be there” when you can’t; due to long distances, the ongoing COVID pandemic, or just busy schedules. With the click of a button, a senior citizen can see the bright smiling face of their grandchildren, in life size, on their big screen TV. What a treat for both of you!
Large family gatherings through the popular Zoom app also become much easier when you are able to have Zoom on your TV. Using the ONSCREEN Spark, you are able to join the Zoom easily, and enjoy seeing your extended family from the comfort of your couch, on your large screen TV.
Limited interactions are a thing of the past when using powerful yet easy technology like the ONSCREEN Spark. Life is much better when you have great people to go through it with. In addition, knowing that social interaction is not just good for your soul but will also reduce many health risks that you otherwise may experience, jumping on your next video call becomes not only enjoyable, but healthy!