Technology has changed rapidly over the years. It’s easy to be intimidated by technology, especially if you were born in the generations that didn’t have most of the technology available now. Generations who didn’t rely on technology may have a harder time adding it to their routine or see it as unnecessary. Maybe you find the idea of using a computer, cell phone, or fitness tracker seems useless or overwhelming. It may even be that you see many people who can’t get their eyes away from a screen to interact with people and the idea of technology has become off-putting; that’s understandable, but let’s discusses a few ways that technology can be helpful.
Technology such as social media, texting, emails, and video chat can keep you connected with the world, friends and family. Social media offers a lot of content that may overwhelm you; therefore, start small by connecting with family and friends. Once you have an understanding on how to use social media, you can start adding pictures or maybe looking for old friends from high school. Learning how to text can be a quick and easy way of checking in with family. Email may be a less commonly utilized form of communication, but it can keep you connected to loved ones and allow for you to share longer messages or stories. FaceTime and Skype allow for you to talk to your loved ones that may be far away and still see their faces.
Technology also gives families peace of mind and safety. It shouldn’t be a surprise that we want stay in our homes as long as possible, even as we age and it gets harder to move around. Most wireless home security systems have apps that others can download in order to get notifications if anything happens. Personal Emergency Response Systems are another great advancement in technology. These systems can be worn and give a sense security that if something happens, help is one push of a button away.
Technology can provide easy ways to monitor your health. There are many programs and watches you can purchase that help remind you to take medication or fill prescriptions. A fitness tracker can help you stay on track with keeping active while sending you reminders to get up and move for a few minutes.
Do you hate shopping for groceries? Maybe the task is just too time consuming or you don’t move as easily through the store as you once did. Online ordering has made it easy to have your groceries and necessities sent to your home or for pick up at the store. Utilizing this service can allow for more time to do the things you love.
Technology can be fun and can make your life a little easier. If you’re overwhelmed and don’t know where to start, ask your grandchildren to help you understand to explain it to you. This will give you a chance to connect with them and stay involved in their lives.
— Rachel Holdredge, Elder Care, Community Outreach Coordinator