Although numerous young people seem to have an exceptional interest in all things technological, from the scope and efficiency of technology, the elderly can benefit just as much. That is, once they get the hang of it. With a bit of guidance from caregivers, health professionals, grandchildren, children, etc., new technology can be used by retirement age individuals to stay happy, healthy, and connected as they age.
New technology for the elderly who have yet to become comfortable with it, may make them feel apprehensive, anxious, and confused. If you, or someone else in your family who is technologically savvy, can take an interest in assisting your loved one, all the better.
To make this process easier, what methods should be used? To introduce new technology to the elderly, check out the following five helpful tips.
Practice, Practice, and More Practice
Between actually doing and simply understanding, there is a significant difference. When you’re sharing your technology with your loved ones, after you show them the ins and outs, they’re going to need the opportunity to test their new knowledge. Preferably, over, and over, and over again.
Make It Relatable
Technological “lingo” will have to be some part of the lessons you give your loved one on today’s newer phones, apps, toys, machines, and other high-tech items. Speak in terms that are relatable to them whenever possible, rather than using confusing or overly complicated terminology.
If you’re involved in a lesson, don’t get wrapped up in things that aren’t relevant or applicable. In order to use the Internet, for example, you really don’t have to know how it works. It just does.
Make Sure Your Loved Ones Needs Are Prioritized
Different needs are experienced by different retirement age adults. Rather than assuming you know best, focus on what most interests your loved one and what, through the use of technology, they hope to accomplish.
The Basics – Just the Basics
First things first. Cover the basics and just the basics. There’s plenty of time for going above and beyond, and getting more complicated and involved, later. Some rudimentary information should be established right off the bat. Your loved one may actually know more than you think they do about some of the technology you will be discussing.
Explain the uses of some basic forms where computers are concerned – i.e., a tablet, smartphone, desktop computer, etc. If you start at the beginning, you can adjust your training accordingly by gauging how much they already know.
Patience Is a Requirement
They say patience is a virtue. Well, when it comes to teaching your aging loved one how to make the most of today’s technology, that virtue is going to come in mighty handy! Remember, they didn’t grow up with all of this high-tech stuff – you did. You may feel completely comfortable with something that absolutely boggles the mind, where they are concerned. By approaching this project with perspective, kindness, and patience, it will seem less like a chore and far more enjoyable.
Independent Living for Retirement Age Individuals Whether They Are Technically Savvy or Not – Conservatory At Plano
Don’t worry, your loved one doesn’t have to be technically savvy to enjoy life at our resort-like community, Conservatory At Plano. With all the remarkable amenities available, they may find little time for playing on a computer or smartphone anyway!
Schedule a tour today to see, in person, what we have to offer. If you prefer, you can always call us at 214-241-1244, or for sales and leasing inquiries, call 214-624-6086. We look forward to talking to you or seeing you soon.