Freedom Home Care believes that technology is the primary mode of communication for our generation today.
And more and more, seniors are taking advantage of the different ways gadgets and devices allow them the convenience of staying connected to the loved ones in their lives.
From 2009 to 2011, the number of seniors using the internet age 65 and older grew 150 percent – the biggest increase among demographic groups, according to a study conducted by the Pew Research Center.
When the seniors that were studied used the Internet, 71 percent went online every day, while 34 percent used social media.
But with all of the strides made over the past few years, research shows that we still have a long way to go in order to get seniors fully tech fluent.
In fact, in 2016, 41 percent of seniors are still not accessing the Internet.
When those participants were asked what was keeping them from utilizing the technology, 32 percent said it was too hard to learn, while the other 19 percent said they couldn’t afford a computer.
The benefits of older Americans utilizing technology reach far beyond staying connected with friends and family. It’s also been shown to reduce isolation, loneliness and various forms of depression especially when they’re receiving outpatient services or in-home care from outside agencies.
There are many organizations like aging.gov and data.gov that are creating programs to make accessing the Internet and online resources easier for those who aren’t familiar with how to use them.
Other companies like Uber, a personal taxi service, have launched trial programs throughout the U.S. that offer free tech tutorials for seniors, plus free and discounted rides to help keep them mobile.
Walgreens has developed new digital technologies to help the elderly reach its telehealth services provider, giving them 24/7 access to U.S. board certified doctors.
There are also a number of devices designed to help keep today’s older generation engaged, connected and mentally active like tablets and IPads, SKYPE, home assist devices and GPS.
As technology develops and becomes more user-friendly for all ages and the need to stay in touch with others via social media increases, we may just experience a world where seniors can easily access these outlets and enjoy all of the benefits that they have to offer.