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Even seniors can benefit from using technology – Here’s how

The biggest struggle in terms of demographics in ages when it comes to technology are the older generations. This has nothing to do with their refusal to learn, but more the times these innovations were introduced.

Everything these days is centered around technology.  Children grow up surrounded by it, forcing people to adapt to an ever changing society.  If you aren’t prepared to change along with technology, you may get left behind. 

The biggest struggle in terms of demographics in ages when it comes to technology are the older generations.  This has nothing to do with their refusal to learn, but more the times these innovations were introduced.  This translates to a tougher time adjusting even if they were to embrace it because of how far into their lives they have to now learn something new.  But once they embrace and are able to use technology, there are so many ways that they will find a benefit in their lives.

Accessibility

Accessibility is one of the biggest beneficiaries seniors will find when it comes to adopting the technology.  Some seniors find it hard to get around, due to an illness or their old age. So being able to access information about things they need like treatments, medicines or medical devices is made easier for them with the help of technology. All they need is a gadget that connects to the internet and they can easily visit CPOE and read up on their different medical-related content. Helping them make smarter medical decisions. There have been many innovations made that seniors might find that wouldn’t be available if technology had not been a contributing factor.

Friends and Family

With technology, keeping in contact with our friends is made easier.  Things like social media allow us to connect and communicate in ways that we would never have been able to do decades ago.  As funny as videos are of parents trying to figure out video applications like Skype, these programs are perfect for keeping in touch over distance and despite such busy schedules.  Studies show that as we age, our circle of friends gets smaller, and once in old age, your spouse becomes the person you spend the most time with.  If your spouse passes away, the quality of life for the other person sees a drastic negative impact.  This can be attributed to the lack of social support that we have later in life.  With increased connectivity to the world around us, it can be easier to attain and maintain the need for social interaction that is a human necessity.  

Love

In the day and age of online dating and technology-driven relationships, seniors can find these types of apps to benefit their lives.  As discussed, it can be a difficult time when one loses a partner, especially when you lose that social connection to someone.  If that person did decide they are still seeking new relationships knowing they are more than capable of sharing their love, there are many ways to still find that opportunity. 

They may not be inclined to look into popular apps like Tinder, but using one of the many apps directed towards seniors and finding quality relationships may be just what you need to get back to finding meaningful and quality relationships again.

Activeness

The great thing about technology is the versatility it provides.  Similar to accessibility, technology can do so much more to promote a  healthy lifestyle.  Activity devices like smartwatches and trackers can do wonders to provide both motivation to stay active and give you the information regarding your health like heart rate monitoring and sleep tracking.  Having this information readily available and easy to access can do wonders in promoting an active routine in your old age.

Mental Ability

As we grow older, we understand that the body needs to get in proper amounts of exercise in order to stay healthy and in shape.  The mind is no different because as you age, you must keep the brain as active for it to stay healthy and in the right shape.  There are applications and programs made to promote brain health and keep you alert and sharp.  These will act as daily exercises to prevent problems that might arise associated with old age.  Mental games help slow down or stop things like dementia, or might be important tools to regain mental activity in the case of a stroke.  The brain, in these cases, may have lost certain abilities, and exercises provided by certain applications can prove to be beneficial.  

Because many people either grew up in the middle of this change or with technology already prevalent, they never had to make those adjustments.  As we get older, it is important to maintain certain lifestyles that promote things like good health, accessibility, and connectivity.  As daunting as technology might be, there are so many ways to benefit even in old age.

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