The Rise of the Technologically-Savvy Senior
Historically, seniors have used technology less often than their younger counterparts. However, recent research from the Pew Research Center reports that those age 65 and older are beginning to catch up. Four years ago, only 18 percent of seniors had smartphones. Today that number has risen to 42 percent. Likewise, internet usage and home broadband adoption has increased among this age group by 55 percent since 2013.
Older adults are also the fastest-growing segment of the online population. They’re utilizing the internet in many of the same ways as their children and grandchildren, too, like for staying connected to others, getting their daily news, finding quick answers to health-related questions and more.
5 Ways to Incorporate Technology for Seniors into Your Daily Life
Although the Pew study revealed that more seniors are getting comfortable using newer technology, some may still feel slightly hesitant when it comes to learning how to properly use new devices like their smartphones, tablets or laptops. However, the benefits of technology for seniors outweighs these fears, and once they learn how to utilize their devices in an efficient manner, they become an important aspect of their lives.
Technology continues to evolve and improve lives, especially for seniors. Here are a few ways you should consider incorporating technology into your lifestyle:
- Get connected with others. Seniors who stay socially active experience a variety of health benefits, like better mental and physical health and increased longevity. Consider joining an online community group, where you’ll have the opportunity to connect with others who share your interests or similar health conditions. Even if you aren’t meeting in person, you’ll still get to share experiences, have discussions and grow relationships with your peers.
- Keep in touch with family and friends. 62 percent of adults age 65 and older regularly use Facebook, up from 48 percent in 2015. Social media, email and Skype allow you to connect with loved ones no matter where they are located.
- Improve your physical and mental health. Technology for seniors also allows for better physical and mental health. Game consoles like Nintendo’s Wii offer a way to engage in light activity from the comfort of your living room. You can also improve cognition and memory through online “brain games.” Check out the AARP’s website for a variety of fun games that can be played with others online, allowing for some friendly competition and social interaction.
- Find timely information. Online news trends are delivered in timely, almost instantaneous fashion, offering immediate coverage about events going on in the world. While many seniors still seek news and information in the traditional manner – through the newspaper or nightly TV news – it’s just as easy these days to find the most recent information simply by logging on to your mobile phone, tablet or computer.
- Stay safe in emergency situations. In the event of an emergency, technology like wireless monitoring devices, surveillance cameras, door and window alarms all help provide peace of mind for older adults. For instance, if you live alone and suffer a fall, you simply need to push a button on a monitoring device to get help immediately.
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