Elderly Care in Old Greenwich, CT
Could you imagine going an entire day without using a computer?
If you are like most family caregivers, the answer to that question is probably "No." The reality is that in today's society, so much has become dependent on technology that you actually have to make an effort not to come into contact with a computer. Even the smart phones that nearly everyone carries around with them on a daily basis is in actuality a very small computer. People have to go out of their way to not use a computer, and many people actually plan their entire vacations around going places where they do not have a computer so that they can unplug from technology for a while and just enjoy some simpler living.
As much as younger people are dependent on technology, however, many seniors have not yet caught up to these advancements. Some seniors do not have cell phones and may not have a computer in their homes at all much less be able to use them. While this is a perfectly fine way of life, and many people prefer it that way, many seniors could benefit from knowing how to properly use a computer. Having the ability to use a computer dramatically widens a person's horizons, giving him the ability to access a huge resource of information, entertainment, and communication so that he can feel more connected to the world around him.
This October, make teaching your parents the proper way to use a computer part of your elderly care plan by observing Computer Learning Month. This month-long observance is the perfect opportunity for you to teach your loved ones about the value of computer technology, how to utilize it effectively in their day-to-day lives, and how to remain safe while gaining the most benefit from it.
Use these ideas, and share them with your parents' elderly health care services provider, to give your parents a beneficial introduction into computer technology during Computer Learning Month:
• Choose a computer. Choosing the right computer is an important start in making sure that your parents get the most benefit from their technology. Look for a computer that is comfortable for them to use, offers adequate processing times and memory for less-frustrating operation, and already comes equipped with features and programs they may use frequently.
• Basic functions. Unless you know for sure that your parents are already familiar with them, do not take for granted the basic functions of using the computer, including how to turn it on, how to input a password to access the desktop, and how to use the mouse. Go over these skills until your parents feel confident navigating the computer on their own.
• Internet safety. The Internet is an exceptional tool for your parents, providing access to limitless knowledge, ideas, entertainment options, and the ability to stay connected to their friends and family members. Take plenty of time to help your parents understand how to effectively use features such as email, instant messaging, video chatting, social media, and searching so that they can do the things that they want to do while also protecting themselves.
Get in touch with a community center or public library in your area to find out about computer learning opportunities that can help you teach your parents how to use the computer, and that may even give you some new information you can use in your own adventures with technology.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Old Greenwich, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Stamford, CT at 203-661-6969.