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Helping Seniors Learn New Technology: 5 Tips for Getting Started

Senior learning about technology from her adult daughter.

You’re never too old to learn something new. In fact, older adults are embracing technology more than they ever have in the past. Studies have found that 83% of seniors ages 64-74 use the internet every week or more frequently. So if you’re hesitant to dive more deeply into technology, now might be the perfect time to embrace the learning.

The biggest barrier for many seniors and technology use is a lack of self-confidence. The idea of learning something entirely new and unfamiliar is often daunting, especially because technology changes so frequently. However, there are a variety of benefits when it comes to technology and seniors. You may find the benefits outweigh any frustrations.

5 Benefits of Using Technology to Help Seniors Live Independently

Technology has started to play a more important role for aging adults, and there is no better time than now for seniors and technology to unite. Below are some of the key benefits that might motivate you to learn more about technology and find ways to use it in your everyday life.

1. Social Connections

One of the biggest ways technology helps seniors live independently is by helping them stay in touch with loved ones. Whether you live in separate states, are socially distancing, or need to see a familiar face, video chat and social media make it possible anytime, anywhere. While technology can’t take the place of face-to-face interaction, it can most definitely help you keep bonds strong when in-person visits aren’t an option.

2. Exercise

Engaging in physical activity is important for aging adults. If you’re looking for ways to stay active at home, the internet acts as a great resource for finding virtual classes, YouTube videos, and step-by-step workout plans geared toward your age group. You can even exercise your mind by playing challenging brain games online by yourself or with friends.

3. Medication Management

Smartphones have made it significantly easier for seniors to manage medication, reorder prescriptions, and keep track of their medication schedules. By setting simple reminders on your phone or tablet, you can ensure you stay on top of your dosing without the help of a loved one.

4. Navigation

Whether you are still driving yourself or relying on public transportation, your smartphone can serve as a map to help you get around your city. It’s easy to get lost, especially when you’re driving somewhere new or unfamiliar. Smartphones can provide step-by-step directions to reduce stress and help you get where you need to be on time.

5. Health Tracking

Many physicians’ offices and health care networks have adopted an online structure. Scheduling appointments, reading results, and tracking your health history can all be done with just a few clicks. It’s a great way to organize your medical records and make them easily accessible whenever you need them.

Just because you’ve struggled with technology in the past doesn’t mean it’s not right for you. Take baby steps, and only focus on ways that technology can improve your day-to-day life in a way that makes you more independent and confident.

Find More Fulfillment in Retirement at Heritage Senior Living

At Heritage Senior Living, we offer dynamic programming that ensures you never stop learning. We incorporate regular physical activity, engaging and challenging mental exercises, uplifting spiritual services, and exciting social events into our diverse calendars. Learn more about life at our Wisconsin independent living community. Contact us today to schedule a tour.

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