14 Oct Today’s Seniors are Technology Savvy
You might be under the impression that seniors don’t use or prefer not to use technology, but this is not the case. The internet has become mainstream for everyone, including today’s seniors.
In fact, the number of Canadian seniors using the internet doubled from 2007 to 2016. Internet usage is relatively high for the younger seniors, and only decreases slightly with each increase in age bracket. For example, those aged 65 to 69, internet usage is at 81%, and for those aged 70 to 74, internet usage is at 74%. In the 75 to 79 age bracket, 64% are actively using the internet and finally, seniors aged 80 and older, 49% are actively using the internet. Not too shabby at all.
Indicators of internet usage among the seniors population have also be linked to education and income. The relationship between education and income suggests that those who received a university education and have higher than average income are more likely to use the internet.
And this a good thing. If there’s one thing that’s certain, socialization for seniors has been greatly impacted by the global pandemic, and technology helps to bridge that gap.
Facetime, Skype and other video platforms such as Zoom can be an excellent way to stay connected to your loved ones. Seniors can virtually visit their children and grandchildren across town or even in another country. Connecting with friends by video can help to ensure that seniors stay connected with their peers.
Social media is another hot trend that seniors are actively engaging in, and not just Facebook. Other platforms such as Pinterest, twitter and Instagram are gaining momentum in the senior’s social media world.
Facebook is an excellent way to stay in touch with friends and relatives, as it allows you to post life updates, pictures and reminds us of special occasions such as birthdays. Seniors are also discovering Instagram to share their favorite photos and also twitter to keep up on current events and news.
Finally, there are other forms of technology that support seniors who choose to age in place and live independently such as safety monitoring. GPS can help to keep track of a senior’s location, and in home monitoring help to ensure safety within the home. Exercise can be encouraged through gaming such as Wii and cell phone apps, and as well, smart phones can monitor medications and health tracking.
Still think technology is not for seniors?