According to recent research from Pew Research Center and Princeton Survey Research, 86% of seniors are communicating with email, 53% are using the Internet, and 34% are networking on social media sites. Everyone can see the benefits of technology, young and old.
People originally adopted the telephone to speed the spread of news and joy with family and friends. The same adoption is happening now. I began texting to communicate with my children on the fly; grandparents, often living far from grandchildren, are “skyping” to be a part of their activities, like birthday parties. Apart from the desire to remain connected with their fast moving, and possibly distant families, our older population may be staying in tune with technology changes because they are staying in the work force longer. Average retirement ages are climbing, in part accounting for longer exposure to up-to-date technology.
Smart phones and tablets are terrific tools, which can be utilized in senior care. When not reading books, users have the option to learn languages, study favorite subjects, or listen to music. If recuperating after surgery or a fall in post hospital care, a patient may use these devices to read their favorite publications or watch the movies they want to see, not just what the hospital network is pumping out. People with Alzheimer’s and dementia respond to music, colors and photographs on tablets; even experiencing a reduction in anxiety and pain. Families or senior caregivers can create and frequently update scrapbooks on tablets for mental stimulation. Alzheimer’s sufferers have benefited from iBrainercise, used on an iPad, which promotes brain fitness.
A tablet could be a great gift for your parent, if they haven’t already bought one for themselves.