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How to Make Technology Easier for Seniors to Understand

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Modern technology is advancing faster than ever before. Most older adults haven’t become familiar with the popular electronic devices used today. However, there are many ways seniors can gain the knowledge and skills necessary to take advantage of technological devices. 

Offer the Knowledge You’ve Learned

Family members have the chance to spend quality time with their senior loved ones while passing on technological skills. Grandchildren might be delighted to help a grandparent learn the basics of computers, tablets, or smartphones. Go slowly and start with simple lessons. Be patient and praise your loved one along the way. Write down instructions so he or she can refer to them in the future if needed. Visit instructional websites together and bookmark them for quick access, then watch a few videos together and answer any questions your loved one might have. 

Family caregivers sometimes need a break from their caregiving responsibilities. When they need respite care, El Dorado families can rely on professional caregivers to help their senior loved ones remain safe at home.

Suggest Taking a Class

Many communities across the country recognize the need for older adults to learn how to use computers. By attending one of these workshops, seniors quickly gain the ability to at least understand the basics of using a desktop or laptop. These types of classes typically teach seniors about computer function, the internet, and safety precautions. 

Older adults may require assistance for transportation to their community classes. El Dorado senior care experts are available to provide high-quality care to seniors on an as-needed basis. From assistance with mobility and exercise to providing transportation to the doctor’s office and social events, there are a variety of ways professional caregivers can help your aging loved one continue to live independently.

Use the AARP Website as a Resource

Older adults can obtain additional knowledge by visiting the AARP website. The organization provides internet safety tips, videos, and workshops thanks to their TEK (Technology, Education, and Knowledge) Academy. The organization has also started a fund to finance the manufacturing of tools for seniors who desire to age in place. 

Encourage Finding Instructions Online

If seniors have basic computer knowledge, there are more online sites they may visit to hone their skills. GCFLearnFree.org offers no-cost information. TechBoomers.com is another option. YouTube videos are ideal for the visual learner. 

Purchase a GrandPad

Scott Lien developed the concept for the GrandPad when his elderly mother began having difficulty using phones secondary to developing hearing loss. Skype was also too difficult for her to understand and use. The innovative pad was thus designed to help seniors access photographs, make video calls, listen to music, or play games with a simple tap of a button. 

Try Elderly-Friendly Apps 

Many apps are designed specifically for older adults. For example, Pillboxie enables seniors to navigate simple menus via color coding, and the app was created as a medication reminder. The Tile app helps seniors locate misplaced keys, purses, wallets, and other personal items. By downloading the Oscar Senior app, seniors can use a tablet as a remote control, make video calls, and program medication reminders. 

Buy a No-Frills Smartphone

The Jitterbug Touch is a basic smartphone featuring a large, brightly-colored screen and a minimal number of buttons. Older adults can quickly grasp how to use the device to make phone calls, send text messages, send and receive emails, and obtain emergency assistance.

Technology is just one of the many ways to help seniors age in place comfortably. There are many reasons seniors might need assistance at home. Some may require regular mental stimulation due to an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, while others might only need part-time assistance with exercise and basic household tasks. Home Care Assistance is a leading El Dorado elderly care provider. Families rely on our expertly trained caregivers to help their senior loved ones maintain a high quality of life. To schedule a free in-home consultation, call (916) 358-3801 or (530) 409-4411 today.