More and more, technology is an integral part of everyone’s lives, and this includes the older generations. It’s not uncommon for parents and grandparents to utilize social media and other forms of technology to communicate, engage, and entertain. While seniors may use their technology slightly differently, it has many benefits and can boost their quality of life.
Technology has not left seniors behind, and many have and use their own smartphones and tablets. Whether living at home or in a senior living community, a smartphone is an easy way to communicate with families and even keep themselves safe in an emergency. Apps and games provide a connection to the outside world and prevent the isolation that often accompanies aging.
For families, access to technology allows you to check in with your senior family members, even from long-distances. A quick text, message, or email can brighten a senior’s day and requires minimum effort on your part.
We take for granted that technology is a part of our lives, but we may forget to consider how it can help the lives of our senior family members. A large, flat-screen television makes viewing of their favorite shows like “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy” even easier. A tablet has access to fun games like “Scrabble” and “Sudoku”, as well as crossword puzzles and word find puzzles. These seemingly small activities can go a long way in enhancing a senior’s mental and physical well-being. Consider a technology gift for a family member and take the time to show them how to use it — it will be something that you can enjoy together. If you can, check in for a game of Scrabble once in while.
For younger family members who may have trouble connecting with their grandparents or great-grandparents, technology is something that they can share, together. As a whole, there are many forms of tech that bring people and families together.
Here at the Manors, we understand that technology is an ever-changing landscape and one that can benefit the physical, mental, and social well-being of our residents. We upgrade and modernize our senior living communities with flat-screen televisions for easy viewing and activities include video games. We publish schedules and information on our website that can be viewed by residents and their families. We encourage all residents to enjoy and use the technology that is available to them and embrace the concept that technology is for everyone.