In this digital age, today’s cutting edge technology will likely be obsolete in a few years. Keeping up with the changes can be difficult – especially for senior citizens. There’s no doubt technological advances make life simpler, but unfortunately some seniors are “old dogs” who don’t want to learn “new tricks.”
Would your elderly parents enjoy owning a cell phone, computer, e-reader or MP3 player? Here are some things to consider before you buy:
Cell phones – The safety benefits of having a cell phone outweigh any arguments against them. But your elderly parents probably don’t need a smartphone. Look for a phone designed for seniors with larger buttons, speed dial and volume control.
Computer – A computer with Internet access is a great way for seniors to stay in touch with family and friends. But they have to be willing (and able) to learn how to use it. If your dad never checks his email, or repeatedly forgets how, it’s not for him. Also, while you may prefer a laptop, he might find the larger screen and keyboard of a desktop easier to use. Don’t forget, he will need to be taught what to do if the computer freezes up or the Internet goes out.
E-reader – Some seniors may prefer e-readers to books. They are lightweight and the font size can be adjusted. Others may dislike reading a screen, or have trouble navigating it.
MP3 players – It is much simpler to store and listen to music digitally. But if your mom wants to hang on to her CD player, there’s no reason she can’t.
Whatever the technology, be prepared to show your parents how it can make their lives better. Then it’s up to them to decide if they want to try it, or if they can live without it. Caregivers with SYNERGY HomeCare can teach your parents how to use certain forms of technology in order to keep up with the times and keep in touch with family.