Technology today continues to develop new methods for us to connect electronically. Studies show that the senior community often benefits from these advances more than the rest of the population. In spite of innovations that have made it easy for seniors to maintain independence and avoid isolation, many are intimidated by technology. This article will help you understand the benefits of the modern technology and help you overcome impediments to getting the most from your tech.
Physical and psychological barriers are the greatest challenge to enjoying new technologies. Some seniors may not have the vision to read easily, and arthritis can prevent the use of new technology. Seniors are also concerned about the ability to learn all that they need to know, or fear that they might damage equipment.
It is less difficult than most imagine to overcome the fears and hurdles of modern tech. Many local organizations offer no-cost classes that teach about using technology. Many programs and products exist to make it easier for seniors to access technology and use equipment. Senior living communities often have the ability to use equipment that makes computer use possible for the disabled as well.
Technology is one of the most powerful tools that seniors can use to maintain their independence. GPS trackers, medical alert systems, online ordering systems, health trackers, and cell phones make it easier than ever for seniors to live active, independent lives.
The advent of modern cell phones allows modern seniors to stay in touch with family easily, which helps avoid isolation. Cell phones also give seniors the opportunity to do more, safe in the knowledge that help is always reachable at the touch of a button.
Combining phones and internet resources makes it easier for seniors to explore and connect with a variety opportunities they might otherwise miss, including:
• Volunteer programs
• Connecting with others
• Shopping and delivery services
• Learning new skills
• Sharing experiences
• Making new friends
• Staying active
• Tracking their health
• Medication & Appointment reminders
Learn more about how technology can be helpful to seniors in the following video:
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