You may think it’s easy to use technology, but for many seniors, this can be a daunting task. They may not be able to see screens, remember directions clearly, or be scared of getting scammed. There are tons of technological resources for seniors, and you now have many options to ensure your mom or dad find the right tool that is easy for them to use. They have tablets meant for grandparents, phones with large-sized fonts, and even computers aimed to help seniors. Your loved one will always need to be careful of scams, but if you and elder care help them take the proper precautions, technology can be safe, and there are reasons why your loved one should be adopting new tech.
Tech Helps Them Communicate
One of the most important things to note about seniors having access to technology is that it helps them communicate better. They can contact their elder care providers, family, and friends who may live far away. Although this does not seem like a form of socialization, it most certainly is. This allows them to talk to people they love without stressing about leaving the home, finding rides, or even trying to drive around. It also allows them to easily set up things like rides and doctor appointments.
They Can Keep In Touch With Their Doctors Easier
Speaking of doctors, when your senior loved one gives up driving, it can feel like a loss of independence and freedom. Luckily, tons of things can be done online and this even includes doctor appointments. Of course, your loved one will have to go in person occasionally, but for regular checkups or just one or two questions, a doctor may encourage a senior to do a wellness check via Zoom or Skype. This allows them to get face-to-face time, ask all the questions, but not stress about how they are getting somewhere.
Tech Can Help Teach Them
If your loved one has been looking for a hobby, finding a laptop or tablet might help them immensely. They can learn new hobbies by using technology. They can learn an instrument, or language, or even find a new game they love to play online. Screen time should be limited, but for a senior trying to enjoy their day at home, this may help keep them from becoming bored.
It Improves Their Quality of Life
It may seem crazy to say this, but technology can help improve a senior’s quality of life for many reasons. It helps them communicate with family and friends, “see” their doctors more often and helps keep them busy by teaching them new things or even practicing new hobbies. Those seniors with access to and knowledge to use this technology have a greater chance of being happy and staying independent for longer. This is also one of the best ways to ensure a family can talk to their loved ones regularly, which will keep the stress off of the entire family. If your loved one still needs help with technology, ask their elder care providers to help set up a regular video chat time so you can check in with your mom or dad.