Amid the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), we are asked to #StayHome, practice #SocialDistancing, and keep proper hygiene to slow the spread of it. Keeping ourselves inside the home, avoiding going out to public and holding gatherings could lead to increased anxiety, fear, depression and loneliness. Let’s put ourselves into the shoes of the elderly who are now living in long-term care or assisted-living facilities where visits and social activities are now reduced, life would be more difficult for them. Fortunately, there are new technologies that could enable them to socialize online with friends and family members whilst keeping themselves from touching surfaces. This article will introduce Apple’s newest Voice Control technology that allows everyone who owns an Apple smart device to navigate and use social media by voice commands. It is written in the hope of sharing with you some ideas to help the elderly reach out to their friends and family members and stay positive.
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Navigating and socializing with friends and loved ones using your phone, hands-free
Using Google Voice Access to connect with loved ones without touching your phone
What is Voice Access?
Voice Access is a new and free app developed by Google that enables everyone to use a mobile device via voice commands, completely hands-free. It works similarly to how you use voice commands with Google Assistant and it can be operated in English, Spanish, German, Italian or French. Even though it is originally developed for people with mobility challenges, it is also beneficial for those who are multitasking, having their hands full or trying to limit themselves from touching surfaces during the COVID-19 pandemic.