Published: Nov 15, 2017
A Changing Landscape
More seniors today are digitally connected than ever before. This is so important as seniors suffer from social isolation and loneliness which can negatively impact their health and overall wellbeing. About 2/3 of seniors use the internet and smartphone adoption has nearly quadrupled in the past 5 years. They use technology to access informational and educational resources and to connect with loved ones. However, as seniors age further, they become less able to handle the increasing sophistication of technology and are at risk of losing their connection to what’s important.
Below are a few pieces of technology that your senior loved one can take advantage of today to help keep them connected to the outside world and especially family and friends.
Technology for Seniors
Confidence Is Key
These days, connecting with friends and family members merely requires just a few clicks. However, what comes easy to some may be overwhelming to others, so it’s important that you or whomever is introducing technology to your loved one, be patient and understand what barriers may be in place. Senior centers offer computer or technology courses that help older adults understand everything from operating a cell phone to interacting on social media sites. These courses often focus on Internet safety and privacy best practices, which can help quell seniors’ concerns.
Comfort Keepers® Can Help
In addition to compassionate, professional in-home care services, the team at Comfort Keepers can help your aging loved one stay connected with friends and family. One of the ways they can do so is through the grandPad – a safe, simple, and secure tablet for seniors. With the grandPad, your loved one can enjoy games, make calls, share photos, and video chat with loved ones. It’s always on, always connected, and is less than the cost of most cell phone plans. To learn more about Comfort Keepers’ services and grandPad availability, contact your local office today.
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