In the last decade technology has had a very positive impact on my life. It has enabled me to simplify my role as a family caregiver, to reach out socially to friends and family and build my small business with ease. Do you ever wonder how technology has changed your life?
Technology and the Family Caregiver
Technology simplifies my role as a family caregiver in many positive ways. Back when I became a family caregiver for my mom in 2004, we practically had to carry a briefcase to doctors’ appointments or the emergency room to keep track of: physicians, appointments, medications, treatment plans and her medical history. Thanks to advances in technology medical records are now kept electronically; this cuts down on the stress of admitting in an emergency situation. I now keep all of mom’s medical information stored on my android phone and my laptop. No matter what the situation is I have instant access to her information. I no longer have to carry a giant day planner and file folders full of documents everywhere we go. Appointments, changes in her health, medications and treatment plans are all updated as they are received. Electronic medical records and the creation of mobile phones with operating systems have truly been life changing technology for me.
Technology and the Social Butterfly
Like everyone else, I have friends and family around the world. My ex-husband was in the army, so I have friends in many different time-zones. That made it difficult to keep in touch back when we only had phones, email and snail mail. You could only share your life with one friend at a time. Thanks to the wonders of social networks, I can share with all of my friends in one place at one time. I don’t have to check my inbox to see how they feel, what they think, how their day is going or the special events in their lives. Now, I just open my newsfeed and all of my friends are right there in one place where I need them. Thanks to video chatting I can have face-to-face conversations with my son when he works out of town. I can see and talk to far away family members instead of waiting for a visit. I use technology in my social life every day.
Technology and My Small Business
Being a full-time caregiver makes it difficult to work away from home, even part-time. The tools, applications and platforms available on the internet have made it possible for me to build a small business right here at home. I can generate an income while still being able to give my mom the care that she needs. With the use of my laptop, digital camera and mobile phone I can keep my small business running smoothly.
The advances in technology over the last decade have had a positive impact on my life. How has technology changed your life?