Telemedicine is changing the lives of people in numerous positive ways. Many different segments of society are benefiting from using telemedicine in place of more traditional forms of medicine.
One group that is benefiting particularly well is senior citizens. On average, older people tend to require more medical treatment than younger people. So older people can benefit from using telemedicine in particularly profound and life-changing ways.
Here are eight ways telemedicine can improve the lives of senior citizens.
Telemedicine Allows Senior Citizens to Consult From Home
Using telemedicine, a senior citizen can consult with a medical professional of their choice from the comfort of their own home. Being able to perform many consultations from home using telemedicine means that senior citizens have less need to travel to doctors’ surgeries and hospitals. Being able to have their medical consultations done from home can seriously improve the lives of senior citizens.
Telemedicine Gives Senior Citizens More Choice
Telemedicine opens up a whole universe of choice to senior citizens. Whereas before, when using traditional medicine, a senior citizen’s choice would be limited to the small selection of medical professionals that happen to operate in their area, now they can choose to consult with doctors and medical specialists that are based in any location, within the United States or beyond. This vastly increased level of choice is a big improvement in the lives of senior citizens.
Telemedicine Saves Senior Citizens Time
Most senior citizens are retired after having done many decades of hard work. Senior citizens’ time is precious and they want to enjoy their hard-earned retirement years as much as possible. Telemedicine is a huge time-saver. This means that senior citizens can spend more time enjoying life and doing things they want to do.
Telemedicine Saves Senior Citizens Money
Living on a finite pension often requires being frugal. Money can be tight for senior citizens, and medical bills can seriously eat into a person’s pension pot. Telemedicine gives senior citizens the option to shop around and find the best value medical care available. This ability to save money can be a huge improvement in the life of a senior citizen.
Telemedicine Encourages Senior Citizens to Become More Tech-Savvy
Technology is improving at an exponential rate. People who don’t manage to keep up-to-date with modern technology can be left behind and miss out on the awesome benefits that it brings. Senior citizens often find it more difficult to keep up-to-date with modern tech because they have been doing things ‘the old way’ for so long. Telemedicine can be the impetus older people need to learn about modern tech. In order for a senior citizen to enjoy the time-saving and money-saving benefits of telemedicine, they need to have a working knowledge of the internet, smartphones, and tablets. The knowledge they gain can then be translated into other areas. Using telemedicine can be an excellent learning experience for senior citizens.
Telemedicine Means Senior Citizens Can Spend Less Time in Doctors’ Waiting Rooms and ERs
Doctors’ waiting rooms and hospital emergency rooms tend to be populated by various germs and viruses. An enclosed space full of sick people is not a healthy or fun place to hang out. Senior citizens are often more susceptible to these germs and viruses than younger people due to their weaker immune systems. Older people can often leave a doctor’s waiting room sicker than when they arrived. Telemedicine means that for many conditions, a senior citizen can avoid spending any time at all in a doctor’s waiting room or hospital ER, and this can vastly improve their health and quality of life.
Telemedicine Is Great For Senior Citizens With Mobility Issues
Senior citizens tend to suffer from mobility issues more than any other segment of the population. Medical conditions that hamper mobility such as arthritis are more common among senior citizens. Telemedicine makes it possible for senior citizens with mobility issues to travel less and to get their medical consultations done from the comfort of their own home.
Telemedicine Allows Senior Citizens to Explore the World
After long decades of being stuck in one location due to career, work, and family commitments, many senior citizens would love to travel and explore the world. Telemedicine allows senior citizens to get their medical needs met remotely. This means that they can finally fulfil their dreams of seeing exotic regions of the country or world. Telemedicine allows senior citizens to be much more location-independent, and this can mean a huge improvement in their lives.