Technology and seniors don’t always get along. Technology has come a long way in the past few years and it can be hard to keep up.
Many older adults may balk at using technology, and this kind of change can be hard for those who have spent most of their lives without it. With technology advancing every day, and so much information buzzing about on the regular, trying to take your time to learn a new piece of technology can be tough. There are times where everything happens so fast and before you know it, has been replaced by some other technology, starting the process all over again.
Although technologies such as phones, laptops, tablets etc. can be clumsy and frustrating to work with, they aren’t going anywhere and are worth trying to learn. Being plugged in and having an array of devices can be very helpful for many reasons. Keeping in touch with family, having telehealth appointments, using wearable health devices can make safety and health easier to monitor and more! There are many great benefits to learning how to use technology, especially for seniors.
- Connecting or re-connecting with friends and family. Technology is a huge part of how we interact with other people these days. There are many social media platforms that are helpful in letting people connect with each other and build up their support systems through video chat, instant message or a phone call. Older adults are especially prone to loneliness and a feeling of disconnect as they grow older. By understanding and using a cellphone or laptop to connect, they are at a lower risk for becoming lonely and isolated. Socializing is a key part of who we are as humans, and without that, we can become depressed, lonely, and unsatisfied with our lives which can lead to a shorter lifespan and increased risk of cognitive decline and other health conditions.
- Education and learning new things. So much technology is used for people to learn new things and keep their brains sharp. Whether you are interested in an online class to learn another language, exercising, or you want to learn how to do a DIY project of interest, look no further than technology, as all of these can be done using a phone or computer. Knowing how technology works and how to apply it to your life can be enormously beneficial for both your mind and your body, keeping you healthier, longer.
- Improving Safety. As we age, safety becomes a huge concern, especially if our health is declining or we are worried about falls and hospital visits. There are many types of technology that exist that can help improve safety for seniors, such as medical alert devices, smartwatches and fitness wearables, and apps that can help with medication alerts. These pieces of technology can help keep seniors safe and independent in their homes. Another good resource that can help seniors are telehealth visits via video chatting apps that can help seniors connect with a nurse or doctor for health conditions.
- Providing convenience. You can now shop and grocery shop online with services such as Instacart or Amazon, getting groceries, essential health items and even medication delivered to you. Another benefit is the ability to pay bills from the comfort of your own home and not having to plan around anything in order to get things done. These can all help if mobility is a concern or if you simply don’t have the time or energy to run errands.
- Entertainment. This one is a given. Do you want to play a fun game or social game? What about sit back and relax watching your favorite show? Read the news? All of these can be done with technology and is another reason technology is worth learning and using.
You don’t have to be afraid of technology. There are many benefits to learning how to use it and take advantage of everything it has to offer, and here at Mars Hill Retirement, you can take advantage of our partnership with Mars Hill University by sitting in on lectures to learn about technology and how it works. Call us and schedule a tour today! We look forward to seeing you soon!