It is a common belief that seniors are significantly less technologically literate than their younger counterparts. While this may be true in some cases, age is not necessarily a roadblock to technological proficiency or learning any new skill for the matter. However, if seniors themselves are convinced they are unable to learn how to use technology to their advantage, that can present more of an obstacle.
Younger people tend to have no difficulty with new technology often because they assume it will cause them no difficulty. Seniors can also take this approach using a positive attitude and some required patience and perseverance to reap the benefits technology can offer.
Recent years have seen a greater number of seniors learning to incorporate numerous technological tools and resources into their lives. In some cases, the drive is to stay connected to the people, activities, and tasks that are valuable and fulfilling within their lives. Sometimes technology can help manage productivity and behaviours concerning personal care and wellbeing.
More seniors than ever are learning to understand and value the contributions that technology can make to helping them live a positive, engaging, and healthy lifestyle. Supporting seniors as they work towards building a better sense of mastery in terms of their capacity to use technology can help to promote feelings of empowerment. It can also offer the opportunity for seniors to feel a sense of control over their ability to socialize, connect, learn, play, and keep track of the numerous aspects and facets that make up their lives.
The emergence of new technologies continues to take place as continual developments and advancements are made in the technological realm. An incredible number of gadgets and tools are available to help improve, simplify, and introduce new aspects to seniors’ lives. Whether it be for entertainment, communication, knowledge and skill-building, or management of personal health, there are innumerable technological tools that seniors can use to increase efficiency and convenience in daily life.
The options available for ways to incorporate technological tools into seniors’ lives in a positive way are endless. The following are some areas of life that can benefit from an integrative use of technology:
Many seniors find that making purposeful use of technology in their lives helps contribute to a better overall quality of life in a variety of ways. Technology creates chances for seniors to have simpler access to new and interesting things, offers the opportunity to support social connections, creates opportunities for creativity and fun, and delivers specific tools that can help in self-care and personal maintenance.
Introducing technology into seniors’ lives can help improve their daily experience and develop the possibility for further behaviours and activities that are helpful for overall wellbeing.