Helping Seniors Navigate the Frustration of Technology
Do you think of technology as a young person's game? A study put out by the Pew Research Center shows that idea is changing. 42% of seniors over age 65 own a smartphone. 67% of those in the same age bracket, go online regularly.
The fact that they're very open to using technology is a step in the right direction. Being able to use technology keeps them connected with loved ones, makes paying bills easier, and is a way to keep up with what's happening in the world.
Seniors and tech...not always a match made in heaven though. If you are a caregiver and need a how-to guide to helping seniors with technology, keep reading to learn more about it here.
Quash the Frustration
Learning new technology and keeping up with the changes can be very frustrating for seniors but it can also be frustrating to the people or family members assigned the jobs helping seniors with technology.
Maybe the solution is to round up the family teens for helping seniors with technology. They are less likely to get frustrated and know a lot about how to use technology.
No matter what, be patient. They did not grow up using smartphones and the internet so there is a bit of a learning curve.
Show Them the Benefits
From making appointments online to paying bills and depositing checks, technology speeds up the process and makes things more convenient. Show the senior in your life how to do everyday things on their computer, tablet, or smartphone.
There are also apps for the smartphone that seniors will find beneficial. They can check the weather, get the news, use health apps to check blood pressure, do their banking, use GPS for directions, and get email.
Facetime or Zoom for video calls with family and friends are invaluable especially when far away or in a facility.
Don't Do It For Them
To help anyone learn, it's best to let them do it themselves. Initially, show them how to do things on the computer, tablet, or smartphone, but then let them play around with it. Supervise and answer questions as they are encountered. A hands-on approach is the best way to learn.
Write Things Down
As you go through the learning process, have them write things down so they can refer back to it later. This has two benefits. It will stick in their mind and it will jog their memory when you're not there to help.
Helping Seniors With Technology
Now you know more about helping seniors with technology. Whether they have new responsibilities because of the loss of a spouse or a declining spouse or they just need help keeping up with the changes in technology, you can help them maintain some independence.
Do you know who can help you deal with the challenges of aging? We at Aging Support Solutions offer direction, guidance, and counsel to those who need some assistance in their life. Contact us today to see how we can help your family navigate the road ahead.