Keeping A Senior Tech Savvy

Keeping A Senior Tech Savvy

Technology has come a long way over the course of older adults’ lifetimes.  From the music we listen to on our MP3 players to the recipes and pictures we share on Facebook, technology has become a huge part of our daily lives.  While the online world is typically considered the domain of the young, that stereotype is swiftly changing as older generations become more aware of the benefits that modern technology can provide.

Technology has the potential to play a key role in helping seniors stay independent and socially active. It gives them the tools to remain connected with family and friends, keep in touch with the larger world through news and even take part in enjoyable physical activity through the use of gaming systems.

Your loved one may be skeptical about the use of technology or may need some guidance. It’s important to remember to be patient with them. Don’t be afraid to show your loved one how to use these tools in ways that are valuable to them and that can benefit them in their everyday lives.

1.  Ask them if they’d like to learn about technology

Seniors may be interested in learning to use technology but reluctant to ask for help because they don’t want to be a burden. Encourage them to ask questions often and to learn by your example.

2. Integrate technology into their everyday routine

Seniors may develop more of an interest in technology if it relates to their lives.  Introduce your loved one to different apps and programs that can connect them to family and friends, like e-mail, access to on-line recipes, and sites that relate to areas of special interest.

3. Show, don’t tell

Visual learning is perhaps the easiest way to pick up a new skill. Help seniors get comfortable with technology by taking the time to sit down with them and show them how it all works.

4. Balance online and offline activities

Technology is a great tool, but it shouldn’t be a replacement for the hobbies and activities people love to do offline. Encourage the seniors in your life to split their time healthily between online activities, outdoor recreation and face-to-face socializing.

5. Choose wisely when purchasing tech gadgets

Just as you wouldn’t wear heels on a hiking expedition, don’t buy technology that doesn’t fit a loved one’s needs. Do your research and choose your tools carefully. Consider factors such as user-friendliness and technical support availability rather than basing your purchase solely on price or your personal preference.

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