Technology has become a significant part of all of our lives. Although new technology trends are usually attributed to the younger generation, more and more seniors are finding that technology is not as difficult to master as they may have feared. In fact, age-65 plus is the fastest growing demographic for social networks.
How seniors are adapting new technology trends
Many people who are in independent senior living communities have smart phones, which allow them to talk, text or email their friends and family, share pictures, play games and so much more. Smart phones have larger screens than older mobile phones, and the font is adjustable for easier reading, and are user-friendly, which makes it a breeze to make restaurant reservations, book travel, research wellness information online, or listen to music.
Social media is an easy and fun way to stay in touch with family and friends and to keep up with social events in the independent living space. You can easily post or read updates, share recipes, catch up on the news, and enjoy vacation pictures posted by loved ones. Here are some to try:
- Facebook is one of the most popular social networking sites. Once you have your profile set up, you can invite family, neighbors, and friends into your network. You can also join Facebook groups for special interests such as gardening, knitting, fishing, religious or political groups and so on.
- Pinterest is a social network which allows users to use a virtual inspiration board, where you find or store ideas about any topic, such as interior decorating, hairstyles, travel, or recipes. Once you search for your favorite topics, you will have a plethora of new ideas every time you log in. You can follow the boards of friends or accounts with shared interests.
- Instagram allows you to upload photographs or brief videos to share with your network, and allows you to enjoy the photographs of those in your social circle or follow experts in any given field or your favorite celebrities.
In addition to using social media sites, other technology options make communication easy and enjoyable, such as using:
- Skype, an instant messaging application that is used to transmit both text and video messages. This is free for callers to other Skype users, but there is a charge when calling landline telephones.
- Email (or electronic mail). While some may mourn the art of letter writing, you must admit that it is gratifying to write your letter and have your recipient be able to read it almost instantly. It’s an easy way to stay in touch with children, grandchildren, and friends.