We tend to take the technology in our world for granted, until we realise how recently these developments have been made. The world wide web, for instance was released for public use only in 1993 and telecommunication has evolved exponentially since then. A mere 60 years ago, most of the technology we use today were not only nonexistent, but most people would also not have been able to imagine that such devices could be made. It is natural for elderly adults to find it difficult to keep up with the rapid changes that take place in technology, and it is our responsibility to help them along.
A whole new world
Elderly adults face issues related to isolation and loneliness as they feel left behind in a world that seems to be only interested in the future. Helping them learn how to use technology can open up a whole new outlet for their creativity, keeping them engaged with productive activities throughout the day. They will also find it easier to stay in touch with family members, especially if they are staying a considerable distance away. Activities like maintaining a blog can help senior citizens use their vast experience and knowledge to guide other people in a particular field, a mutually beneficial proposition for everyone involved.
The process of learning something new
Various studies have shown that making the effort of learning something new, such as a foreign language or a musical instrument, can open up new pathways in the brain and keep it functioning well for a longer time. Certain studies have even proved that people who learn something new frequently have lesser chances of developing illnesses such as Alzheimer’s or dementia. When it comes to technology, elderly people not only find it easier to communicate with the younger generation, but also function more effectively in today’s world.
Challenges along the way
Elderly adults may suffer from challenging issues like hearing loss, vision problems or even technological anxiety that keeps them away from computers and cellphones. Also, their ability to grasp something new is diminished, as compared to the youth, and they require plenty of repetition and support to achieve progress. However, it is not impossible. With some effort contributed by everyone involved, aging adults can slowly learn how to tame the technology of today. And once they learn how to use computers, cellphones and tablets, they will find it easier to survive in the connected world of today.