My Grandma is a great example of someone who is older who
does this. She is 90 years old, and proficient at a variety of different
technology devices. She uses her desktop computer every day, checks her
correspondence and emails her friends and family. She also uses an eReader and
reads books every day, an embrace of a brand-new technology none of us
In general, most new technology is geared toward people
under the age
. Whether it is cell phones or iPods with portable music, some devices
just are not conducive to the aged. However, it is possible for older people to
fully enjoy technology
and use it in productive ways. In fact, it can keep them young!
1. See well without anyone knowing
Some older people get nervous about
constantly showing their age in public. It seems everything is built to be
easier for younger people, which can often be a detriment to someone older. In
the case of being able to see, people don’t like to admit they are losing their
visual acuity. Technology can really help here, as tablets and smart-phones can
make font-sizes and buttons bigger without anyone knowing that a person needs
to read such large letters and numbers!
2. Stay in contact with everyone
One issue as people get older
always involves losing touch with your friends and family. Using e-mail, or for
the truly adventurous, texting, can help older adults stay in touch with the
people they want to, regardless of distance or traveling. My grandmother may be
a little more adventurous, as she also has a Facebook account where she can
keep track of her 38 great-grandkids, seeing pictures and getting updates daily
if she so chooses to read them!
3. Stay in shape!
While I don’t commonly express the
value of video games, there can be some value in the body-sensor type of
videogames found on the Nintendo Wii or the Xbox Kinect. There are a number of
games on these systems that incorporate steady movements that can improve
balance and increase strength, even for the elderly.
As you get older, or deal with your parents getting older,
it can be important to keep aware of new and helpful technologies. In terms of
older members of families like my Grandma, it has kept her youthful and
positive in her outlook, something that contributes to a healthy lifestyle, as
you get older. She is engaged with the younger generation due to her willingness
to adapt to technology. Encouraging the older generations of your family to
stay in tune with some technology also helps them relate to your children, so
there is not such a large divide between grandparents and grandchildren when it
comes to experience with technology.
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