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The Importance of Technology for Seniors

Seniors are becoming more involved with technology, with many older adults embracing the technological age rather than shunning it. Use rates of computers, smart phones, tablets, and social media are constantly increasing among seniors. This new-found love of technology in older adults, or at the very least toleration of it, is on the rise because of all the benefits it brings.

Here are some examples of the advantages:

  • Social interaction
  • Physical exercise
  • Mental stimulation
  • Health tracking
  • Access to endless information an music
  • Social Interaction

Unless you have been living in a cave somewhere, you are likely aware of the enormous impact social media has had on our society. People can now stay constantly connected through social media sites like facebook, twitter, instagram, and pinterest.

Seniors are now taking full advantage of these platforms in order to stay in touch with their grandchildren. Of course, they can also use these sites to conveniently stay connected to each other and other family members as well.

Smart phones are experiencing a spike in popularity amongst seniors too. Smart phones are a user-friendly option to stay in touch with others via text messages, audio, and even face to face video calls. 

There are a number of computer based programs like Skype that also allow users to communicate face to face through a computer screen for free.

Physical Exercise

An increase in physical exercise may not be the first thing that comes to mind at the mention of technology, but it can really help. Online instructional videos and detailed exercise routines are available by the thousands on the internet. This makes it easier than ever for seniors to find exercise routines or physical activities that suit their exact needs and capabilities.

Mental Stimulation

The internet is absolutely loaded with mind stimulation games and puzzles that are designed specifically to keep the mind active and sharp.

Crossword puzzles, Sodoku and other brain teasers are a great way to maintain mental acuity. Seniors can even play online chess or card games against live opponents.

There are thousands of free online courses for seniors to learn a new skill, language, or hobby.

Learning a new language has been shown to delay or even prevent the onset of dementia.

Even the act of learning how to use this new technology is a mental stimulant.

Health Tracking

There are all kinds of devices and gadgets available on the market now that are designed to help track physical activity.

This is a fun and measurable way to set goals, and then work towards them, tracking the progress along the way.

There are also monitoring systems available that long-distance caregivers can use to help keep up to date with their loved one’s movements and health.

Access to Endless Information and Entertainment

One of the greatest benefits of technology for seniors, is the benefit of knowledge. Seniors can use the internet to get ideas for new recipes, find out about any social activities happening in their area, and other ways to stay healthy.

The internet provides access to old TV shows and movies that seniors may have watched in their youth and would like a chance to revisit.

Music is also a big one. Music has an emotional tie to memory that evoke feelings of nostalgia. Hearing an old favorite song from years past can bring back a flood of pleasant memories and feelings of joy. Music also tends to have a calming effect while alleviating stress and boredom.

Seniors are becoming more involved with technology, with many older adults embracing the technological age rather than shunning it. Use rates of computers, smart phones, tablets, and social media are constantly increasing among seniors. This new-found love of technology in older adults, or at the very least toleration of it, is on the rise because of all the benefits it brings. People can now stay constantly connected through social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Seniors are now taking full advantage of these platforms in order to stay in touch with their grandchildren. Of course, they can also use these sites to conveniently stay connected to each other and other family members as well.