As technology continues to evolve, it can also grow more intimidating to the older population. Tech essentials, such as computers, smartphones, and tablets always seem to need the latest software updates in order to function. Worse, seniors may find that the new tech they’ve purchased might work slightly different than the device they previously had, leading to even more frustration and confusion.
So, when it comes to the latest tech, what are the benefits for seniors? For starters, it can help them keep in touch with family and friends that live far away through video chat and email. Technology, such as Internet-capable devices, can help seniors stay up-to-date on current events and play games that help increase their mental health and brain stimulation. Tablets can be a great option for seniors looking for easier ways to read books without straining their eyes.
Below are five ways aging adults can stay up-to-date with the latest technology.
- Attend classes
One of the best ways for seniors to become more tech savvy is by taking classes offered in their local community—library, community center or school. From keyboarding to how to navigate the web or create an email account, look for computer classes that will help enhance skill levels. In addition, there may be shortcuts and tricks that will help complete computer tasks at a faster rate. Classes and their resources also give seniors the freedom to ask as many questions as they want along with being an active participant through hands-on learning. All in all, classes are a great first step in getting seniors more comfortable with technology.
Furthermore, 70 Strong has a database where seniors can search for computer classes in the community. Click here to begin your search.
- Be active on social media
Creating personal social media accounts, such as Facebook and Instagram, are great ways to help seniors keep in touch with family and friends as well as be continually learning. How? Social media applications have regular updates as well as introduce new features for their users to learn. Again, seniors can learn from a class or friends on how to use the application, and then use the application on their own. Learning to use these apps can also help them in how to use other applications on their phone, tablet or computer.
Best of all, learning how to use apps can help seniors build more confidence in themselves.
- Join an online community
Through social media as well as the Internet, there are many online communities seniors can search for and join. Here they can stay connected with friends as well as new people who share similar interests. Seniors can chat, stay informed as well as learn and grow accustomed to the Internet and social media.
- Video calls
Instead of making regular calls on the phone, seniors should try to incorporate video calls to loved ones, when possible. Free services, such as Facetime and Skype are easy to use applications that seniors can practice using on their computers, tablets, and phones.
Video calls are also a great way to help seniors stay in touch with loved ones and can have a more visual experience.
- Online news
Seniors can also stay up-to-date with the latest technology by getting their news on a digital platform. That way they can again, practice their technology skills, but are better informed as they are receiving information in real time. Plus, they can read more in-depth stories and have access to more news and information than what’s in the local newspaper.
Lastly, when seniors embrace technology in their lives, it can allow them to live independently. From remote health-monitoring systems to smartwatches and fall detection devices—it can help seniors manage their health and be more comfortable alone in their own homes.
From productivity and confidence to increase engagement and learning, it’s vital that aging adults stay up-to-date with the latest technology.