Seniors Tech EMBASSYIf you think seniors are old-fashioned fuddy-duddies who dislike technology and have no desire to learn, you couldn't be more wrong. According to the Pew Research Center, more than 60 percent of seniors use the internet and nearly 50 percent use broadband internet. And of those seniors who use the internet, more than 70 percent go online every day! So why is it important for seniors to use with technology?

Benefits of tech usage by seniors
When seniors regularly use technology for things like entertainment and communication, the benefits are substantial:

 

  1. It engages the brain. Learning new things, like how to browse the internet and social media and adapt to a smart phone or a smart TV, are all great exercises for your brain. If you're afraid to incorporate technology into your daily life, don't be. Treat it like a puzzle you have to solve and keep your brain active and stimulated.
  2. Stay connected. One of the chief benefits of technology, especially for seniors, is that technology makes communication easier. You can chat with friends across the country using Skype or FaceTime, keep up to date on world events, and even order your prescription refills online – all with the touch of a button or swipe of a screen.
  3. Stay healthy. The internet offers a treasure trove of information that can help you take a proactive role in your health care. There are apps to help you keep track of your medicine, programs to monitor your heart rate, websites with exercise advice, resources for prescription and financial support, and so much more. Just open your favorite browser to Google, type your question into the search field and sift through the results until you find the answers you're looking for.

Tips and resources for learning new tech
Technology changes at a rapid pace, and just when you feel you've figured it out, it changes again. Whether you're a seasoned expert or a newcomer to the technology world, everyone can use a little help from time to time.

Thankfully, there are plenty of ways you can get the help you need to stay current with technology.

  1. Agency on Aging. Your local area Agency on Aging is the perfect place to start. There you'll find classes, tutors, training seminars and more.
  2. Libraries and colleges. Libraries are a great place to learn about technology and how to use it. You'll find classes, resources, books, as well as friendly library staff and visitors who can help answer your questions. If there's a community college or university in your area, investigate their adult learning classes on technology subjects, which are geared toward everyone from the most basic to extremely savvy users.
  3. Younger people and grandkids. One of the easiest way to get help with your technology needs is to ask your grandchildren and other young people in your life. Not only will you benefit from their technological knowledge, these interactions will help you understand and relate to each other better.

While it can be intimidating at first, the word of technology is an amazing place full of things to do, ways to stay in contact with people all over the world, and resources to help you stay fit and healthy. If you haven't already, pick up a computer, smart phone, or tablet and give it a try!