The introduction of new technology is both exciting and beneficial but some seniors to feel anxious or out of touch This doesn’t have to be the case.  Within recent years, the number of seniors using tech devices has begun to increase. In fact, over half of senior citizens use the Internet and own cellphone devices.

Generally, technology has the potential to keep seniors engaged, connected, mentally active, and physically safe. Technology is making it increasingly easier for seniors to live in today’s fast-paced world and as a result it is important for senior citizens to also stay informed and current.That being said, most senior citizens could still use a little assistance before considering themselves technologically savvy.


Technology Helps With Communication

The rise of technology has immensely improved how individuals communicate.  While some seniors may have spent the past writing letters or calling through a home phone, both of these arenas of communication are now considered outdated.  Instead, seniors have the opportunity to adjust to some great technological devices that make communication instantaneously:

  Smart Phone

Cell phones are becoming much more senior-friendly with models that have larger buttons as well as speed dialing and voice recognition to make usage easier.  Not only are cell phones crucial to helping seniors stay connected with friends and family, they may help perform critical safety functions like providing medication reminders, GPS locations, and emergency calls anywhere.  In addition, seniors are able to send texts or emails, similar to letter writing, keeping them connected to the people they love.


Video-based communication is increasingly popular and Skype is typically available to download on any phone, tablet, computer, or television with a camera. Seniors can make phone calls that allow them to see their loved ones instead of simply hearing their voice. This is especially ideal for families that care for seniors long-distance. The features are simple, easy to use, and functions are similar to a phone.

  Social Media

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat…there seem to be almost too many social media choices. Though these sites may seem overwhelming to seniors, they help stay connected without having to call or email every day. Seniors can use Facebook to stay current on events in the lives of their friends and family while also exploring their own extracurricular interests. Each site also has its own form of private messaging, allowing seniors to communicate with others easily.


Entertain Yourself

The rise of technology has also revolutionized how people entertain themselves in moments of boredom.  Thanks to smart technology, individuals are able to watch TV, play games, read books, listen to music, view photos, or watch the news all from one device.  There are even a number of tablets and laptops designed to accommodate seniors’ preferences. These devices are lightweight with easy-to-use touchscreens and font sizes can be adjusted for easier viewing.  They also typically offer FaceTime or Skype applications for easy access to video chats with anyone, anywhere.


Stay Healthy & Safe

Not only can technology entertain and help communicate with others, it also has the ability to educate and maintain health while keeping one’s mind at ease. Seniors can use health apps and software to monitor health, exercise their minds, remind them of medications, and track nutritional needs.  Some health apps can track blood sugar, physical activity, and nutrition while others give seniors access to advice, guidance, and support. All of this helps senior citizens take charge of their health while maintaining their independence and allowing them to feel safe, healthy, and secure.


Speaking of independence: wireless home monitoring systems are a cool piece of technology that can be literal lifesavers for seniors who live alone.  Wireless home monitoring systems can detect emergencies such as falls, report unusual behavior, and even track vital signs without invading privacy.  These systems can be linked directly to hospitals and emergency rooms, giving seniors peace of mind. Some services offer home security systems that detect movement and intrusions while others offer personal safety devices that seniors can trigger when they need help.


Stay With The Times

Truthfully, technology is helping improve society for the better everyday.  Technology continues to be introduced that can be easily purchased and utilized to improve the lives of individuals everywhere.  With so much technology available at reasonable prices, there really is no reason for any senior citizen not to be up-to-date on all the cool technological devices! Don’t let new technology intimidate you from exploring your choices, our technological age offers innovations every day that can make your life easier.


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About the Author: Victoria K. Stickley is a copywriter, editor, and senior content manager based in the Dallas area. Her graduate education in counseling and research has helped immensely in her writing as well as the care she provides for her grandparents. She currently provides support and resources to senior care websites as she learns and experiences senior care first-hand.