Alexa for Seniors: 21 Extremely Practical Ways Older Adults Can Use Amazon Echo Devices

Reposted fromThe Helping Home 09-07-18

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We live in an exciting time when technology can play a huge role in helping us age well. In particular, Amazon Echo devices are very well-suited to make life easier for older adults. Here are 21 incredibly practical tips on how to leverage the power of Amazon Alexa for seniors.

1. Quickly Check the Weather

Clear blue sky with clouds

Immediately get an update on the weather without having to wait for it to show on the weather channel or checking it online.

그냥 물어봐, “Alexa, what’s the weather?” for the current weather and “Alexa, what is the forecast for tomorrow?” to find out what the weather will be in the future. When it comes to asking for a future forecast, you can use ask for any day, date, or time.

Bonus Tip: Want more detailed weather information? Enable the Big Sky skill on your Alexa account and you can request very specific informatiBroadened.org Saleson. Preface with “Alexa, ask Big Sky…” and then give any kind of command:

  • “…what the UV index will be tomorrow at noon.”
  • “…for the current humidity.”
  • “…if it will rain on Wednesday before 6pm.”
  • “…when is tomorrow’s sunrise.”
  • 등.

2. Keep Track of Lists

Woman writing list of tasks to do, close-up of hand

Stop trying to manage hand-written lists that can be misplaced and let your Amazon Echo or Amazon Echo Show take care of your lists for you. Start by saying, “Alexa, create a list.”Alexa will then ask you to name the list.

Create as many lists as you’d like:

  • To-do lists
  • Shopping lists
  • Holiday gift lists
  • Vacation packing lists
  • 등.

To add something to a list, say the following: “Alexa, add an item to my holiday gift list”and then say what you’d like to be added. To remove something from a list, just follow the same steps but say “remove” instead of “add.”

When you want to know what’s currently on a list, simply ask “Alexa, what’s on my holiday gift list?”Your Echo will announce the list aloud and your Echo Show will display it for you to see.

Note: in the examples above you’ll need to replace “holiday gift list” with the name of your own list.

3. Get the Date and Time Fast

Retro alarm clock on wooden table

You no longer need to strain your eyes to read the calendar hanging on the wall or walk over to the kitchen to get the time off the microwave.

Quickly get the date and time by saying “Alexa, what is the today’s date?” 그리고 “Alexa, what time is it?”

4. Easily Manage Your Calendar

Calendar on a green background

With as busy as life can get, it can be difficult to keep track of all your plans. Give your Amazon Echo and Echo Show the responsibility of managing your calendar so you can stay on top of doctor appointments, outings with friends, grandkids coming to visit, birthdays, and all the rest of life’s events.

Putting plans up on your calendar is simple; 말하다, “Alexa, add an event to my calendar” and give the name of the event along with the date and time when prompted.

If you use an Echo, then you can ask, “Alexa, what’s on my calendar?” to hear your upcoming schedule. If you use an Echo Show, then you can ask, “Alexa, show me my calendar” to see your schedule.

Bonus Tip:There are more ways to control you calendar events with Alexa:

  • To delete an event you can say, “Alexa, delete my doctor appointment from my calendar.”
  • Reschedule an event by saing, “Alexa, move my doctor appointment from Thursday at 12:30pm to Friday at 10:15am.”
  • To invite someone to an event you can say, “Alexa, invite Jane to brunch on Sunday.”

5. Set Medication Reminders

Assorted pills next to blue plastic pill weekly organizer on white tablecloth

Setting reminders is one of Alexa’s simplest features, but it may also be one of its most powerful. Using Alexa to set medication reminders can be extremely helpful for taking your medications on the right days and at the right times, which goes a long way towards healthy aging.

All you need to say is “Alexa, remind me to take my medications every day at 9am.”

If you have multiple medications that need to be taken at different times, then you can set reminders for each particular medication.

Bonus Tip:You can also set reminders for other things, too:

  • “Alexa, remind me to feed the dog at 7pm every day.”
  • “Hey Alexa, remind me to water the houseplants every Wednesday at 8am.”
  • “Alexa, remind me to start the laundry tomorrow at 2pm.”

Need a reminder of your reminders? 괜찮아요! 그냥 말해, “Alexa, what are my reminders?” Your Echo will announce them out loud and your Echo Show will display them on the screen.

6. Sharpen Your Mind with Trivia Games

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Alexa is great for playing fun trivia games that offer your mind an entertaining challenge. Brain teasers can help keep your mind quick and even delay the cognitive effects of aging.

Games like Question of the Day and Jeopardy! are very popular (and free!). There are also several other trivia and puzzle games that you can find in the Alexa skills database.

7. Listen to Audio Books

Amazon Kindle with list of books showing on the screen

If you have a subscription to Audible, you can have Alexa play your Audible books for you. 그냥 말해, “Alexa, play the Audible book ‘Moby Dick'” 그리고 그게 다야!

Alexa can even read books from your Kindle. 말하다, “Alexa, play the Kindle book ‘The Odyssey'” and Alexa will read the book for free.

Bonus Tip:There are several additional commands that give you more control over Alexa as she reads:

  • “Alexa, pause” 그리고 “Alexa, resume.”
  • Jump through the chapters of a book by saying “Alexa, next chapter,” “Alexa, previous chapter,” “Alexa, go to chapter number 3,” 그리고 “Alexa, go to the last chapter.”
  • If you missed something just say “Alexa, go back” to rewind the book to the last paragraph. You can also say “Alexa, go forward” to skip ahead to the next paragraph.

8. Play Music

Amazon Echo Show playing songs by The Beatles

In the mood for some music? If you have an Amazon music subscription you can have Alexa play music for you on your Echo device.

You can ask Alexa to play specific artists, albums, songs, genres, and stations. For example, say “Alexa, play The Beatles” 또는 “Alexa, play the Blues.”

9. Hear the Latest News

Rolled newspaper with the headline Breaking news

Keep abreast of the latest breaking news without having to sit through filler content on cable news channels or sifting through stories online.

All you need to do is ask “Alexa, what’s the news?” and you’ll hear a briefing of the most recent news headlines.

Bonus Tip:뉴스 소스를 사용자 정의하고 Alexa가 제공하는 자신의 "플래시 브리핑"을 만들 수 있습니다. 필요합니다 여기에서 Alexa 계정에 액세스하십시오아래 단계를 따르십시오.

  1. Amazon Alexa 계정에 로그인하십시오
  2. 클릭하십시오 "설정" 왼쪽 사이드 바 메뉴의 버튼
  3. 클릭하십시오 "플래시 브리핑" 아래의 버튼 "알렉사 선호도" 부분
  4. 고르다 "더 많은 플래시 브리핑 콘텐츠 얻기" 페이지 상단에서
  5. 그런 다음 플래시 브리핑에 추가하려는 뉴스 소스를 선택하고 클릭하십시오. "할 수 있게 하다"
  6. 자신만의 플래시 브리핑을 만든 후에는 말합니다 "Alexa, 내 플래시 브리핑은 무엇입니까?"선택한 출처의 뉴스를 듣습니다.

10. 건강을 유지하고 운동하십시오

Woman practicing yoga on a mat at home

활동적이고 건강을 유지하려면 약간의 추가 동기가 필요하십니까? Alexa가 당신의 개인 트레이너가되게하십시오!

운동 7 분 운동과 같은 기술을 추가하고 운동을 시작하여 매일 운동 루틴을 따릅니다. 땀을 흘릴 준비가되면 Alexa에게 프로그램을 시작하도록 지시하면됩니다. "Alexa, 7 분 운동 시작" 또는"알렉사, 운동을 시작하십시오."

Alexa Skills 데이터베이스에서 찾을 수있는 다른 운동 프로그램도 몇 가지 있으므로 몇 가지를 실험하고 귀하의 요구에 가장 적합한 프로그램을 찾으십시오.

11. 휴대 전화를 쉽게 추적하십시오

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휴대 전화는 쿠션 사이에 미끄러지거나 가구 아래로 떨어지고 잊혀진 장소에 숨어있는 방법이 있습니다. 휴대 전화를 검색하여 집으로 거꾸로 돌리는 대신 내 전화 기술을 활성화하고 Alexa가 휴대 전화를 찾으십시오!

당신이해야 할 일은 말뿐입니다 "Alexa, 내 전화 찾기" 그리고 휴대 전화는 벨소리를 설정하는 전화를받을 수 있으므로 찾을 수 있습니다.

12. 도움이 필요할 때 사랑하는 사람에게 경고하십시오

Woman on the ground in the bathroom with her hand resting on the toilet

필요가 발생하면 도움을 요청하는 방법이 항상 현명합니다. 텍스트를 보내거나 전화를하는 것은 이에 적합하지만 필요할 때 휴대 전화에 항상 액세스 할 수있는 것은 아닙니다. 때로는 최선의 선택이 도움을 요청하는 것입니다.

내 친구 기술에 대한 질문을하겠습니다. Alexa에게 사랑하는 사람에게 연락하라고 말씀 드리겠습니다. 내 친구 기술을 활성화 한 후에는 연락처의 전화 번호를 입력하면 모든 설정입니다. 도움이 필요한 경우, 말하십시오 “알렉사, 내 친구에게 도움을 보내달라고 부탁한다” 연락처는 알림을받습니다.

참고 : 내 친구는 9-1-1을 대신하지 않는다고 묻습니다. 실제 비상 사태가 발생한 경우 즉시 9-1-1에 문의하십시오.

13. 음성 명령으로 휴대 전화를 제어하십시오

Woman holding her mobile phone

전화를 걸거나 텍스트를 보낼 때마다 휴대 전화 잠금을 해제하고 화면에서 펙을 멀리하지 않으려면 Alexa를 사용하여 음성 명령으로 휴대 전화를 제어하는 ​​것이 좋습니다.

마스터 마인드 기술을 가능하게하기 만하면 곧 알렉사에게 전화를 걸도록 주문하게됩니다"Alexa, Mastermind에게 전화를 걸도록 요청하십시오") 및 텍스트 보내기 ("Alexa, Mastermind에게 메시지를 보내달라고 요청하십시오").

14. 집을위한 인터콤 시스템을 만듭니다

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집을 가로 지르는 소리를 멈추고 에코의 공지 기능을 대신 인터콤으로 사용하십시오. 에코 장치를 집 전체에 놓아 항상 귀에 에코가 있도록하십시오.

집의 다른 부분에있는 누군가에게 다가 가려고 할 때 간단히 말하면 "Alexa, 저녁 식사가 준비되었다고 발표" 그리고 발표는 집의 모든 에코 장치에서 방송됩니다.

15. 매일 격려를 받으십시오

Older couple relaxing at home

침대의 오른쪽에서 깨어날 수있는 확실한 방법을 원하십니까? 아침에 긍정적 인 트랙에서 기분을 취하도록 약간의 격려는 어떻습니까?

에코 장치에 대한 매일 아침 확인 기술을 활성화하면 Alexa는 격려의 말을 공유 할 것입니다. 말하다 "알렉사, 매일 오닝 오전 긍정" 그리고 거기에서 당신을 선택하십시오. 하루를 시작하십시오!

16. 잠시 휴식을 취하십시오

Senior woman meditating in her living room

휴식은 건강한 생활에 중요한 구성 요소이며, 조용한 반성을 위해 매일 시간을 따로 두는 것은 바쁜 삶에서 휴식을 취하는 좋은 방법입니다.

Activate the Peaceful Meditation skill for your Echo device and say “Alexa, open Peaceful Meditation” to enjoy a moment of relaxation.

17. Safely Find Your Way at Night

White Amazon Echo with Alexa light activated

Nighttime trips to the bathroom can become a dangerous proposition without some light to safely illuminate a clear walking path. Rather than fumbling around in the dark for a light switch or a flashlight, use your Echo device as a night light.

Enable the Night Light skill in your Amazon Alexa account to create a night light out of your Echo devices.

말하다 “Alexa, open Night Light” and the light on top of your Echo device will illuminate. And say “Alexa, stop” to turn the light back off.

18. Voice Control Other Devices at Home

Robotic vacuum cleaner on wood parquet floor

As technology has advanced so has the ability to create a Smart Home through interconnected devices and automation. Amazon Echo and Alexa act as the engine that allows you to control household devices with simple voice commands.

Here are some Smart Home tasks you can do with Alexa and compatible home devices:

  • Run the vacuum with Roomba
  • Control lights and change their color with Philips Hue bulbs
  • Power your air purifier on and off with Dyson Pure Cool Link WiFi-Enabled Air Purifier
  • Operate your television with the Amazon Fire TV Stick
  • Adjust the temperature with the Nest Learning Thermostat
  • Control your home security system with ProtectAmercia

19. Shop Online

Amazon package delivered to a costumer

Do all your shopping without having to lift a finger. With an Amazon Prime membership, you just have to say “Alexa, order paper towels” and you’ll have your order in two days.

20. Get Driving Directions

Senior couple driving with the wife giving directions to the husband

If you want to hear the current best route for a particular destination or need a quick update on the drive time, then use Alexa’s I’m Driving skill to help your car trip go a little smoother.

The I’m Driving skill lets you program up to five of your most traveled to destinations into the application so that you can always get the best directions to those locations simply by saying “Alexa, tell I’m driving to home” 또는 “Alexa, tell I’m driving to the doctor.”

묻다 “Alexa, what are my destinations?” to hear what locations are currently on file; 말하다 “Alexa, update destinations” to make a change.

21. Tell Your Car to Start

Car tailight

Get a jump on thawing the ice off the car or getting the air conditioning running and ask Alexa to start your car for you.

If your car includes a remote start feature, then you can add your brand’s connected car skill to your Echo device and get the engine going with just a simple command: “Alexa, ask Lexus to start my car.”

Even More Benefits of Alexa for Seniors!

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There are thousands of skills that Alexa can do, and more skills are added all the time. Explore more of Alexa’s skills here

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