Stay Connected! Use of Technology to Reduce Social Isolation and Loneliness

January 12, 2016 Julia Chubarov Comments

From computers and smart phones to Skype and social networking, modern technology has allowed us to better stay connected with the outside world. Unfortunately, many older adults still have little to no knowledge in regards to modern technology. According to data collected by the Pew Research Center, a mere six in ten seniors are Internet users, and only 47 percent report having a high-speed broadband connection at home. If you’re a senior living at home or in an independent living community, learn how you can use technology to reduce loneliness and maintain a healthy and socialable lifestyle.

Watch Films

The Internet has long been used to download and stream movies. Seniors can keep up with the latest mainstream films, providing a conversational topic to discuss with friends and family. However, only 1 percent of adults with broadband frequently download movies (legally) from the web, according to research conducted by the Diffusion Group.

Learn New Things

The Internet is a wonderland of informational webpages, engaging blogs, and video sharing sites like YouTube. Seniors are able to use various forms of technology as learning tools, whether they’re looking for a pot roast for two recipe, or where to find dance classes in their community.

Share Experiences

With the formation of online forums and hobby pages, seniors now have the opportunity to share life experiences. Love to garden? Share personal tricks of the trade with novice gardeners from around the world.

Communicate with Others

Social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter has made it easier than ever to connect with friends, family, and colleagues. In addition to having messaging features, social media also allows seniors to share photographs, videos, and articles that users find interesting and want to share with others.

Make New Friends

Making new friends is an excellent way to reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation. Advances in technology has made it possible to match two people who have similar interests, geographical markers, and relationship statuses.

Shop Online

As seniors age, it gets more difficult to resume the activities that we once found pleasurable, such as shopping. The Internet has made it possible to shop from millions of online retailers. Older adults are able to search for all types of products, and get the goods delivered directly to their door.

Seniors living at home or in an independent living community can use technology to enrich their lives. In addition to the use of computers at home, seniors can make use of wireless Internet while on-the-go. Smartphones, iPads, tablets, and other wireless devices allow adults to stay connected with friends and family wherever life takes them.

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