The days of thinking that seniors are disinterested and unwilling to learn new technology are a thing of the past.
The age of the population in Canada is steadily increasing, and so is the use of technology by seniors.
This escalation in usage has occurred for several reasons, such as widespread education, more prevalent accessibility, and reaping the abundant benefits that tech skills can provide.
Advantages of Digital Literacy for Seniors
For a lot of older adults, the perks to be gained from being digitally literature are just too good to pass up.
Technological skills can offer advantages in a variety of areas, such as:
- Health and Well-being
- Transportation and Travel
- Stay Connected
- Finance Management
Health and Well-being
Staying healthy and active is a top priority for the majority of older adults. This becomes more and more difficult as time goes on, without the right assistance and education.
The internet is an abundant source of information for all things health related. The key is finding a reputable and credible source for your health information.
There are a lot of conflicting arguments and theories to be found on just about every possible topic. Using a trusted and qualified source for health information is crucial for continued well-being.
Websites created by certified health care professionals are an example of a reliable source of health information. Official government sites can also usually be trusted for factual data.
In addition to the vast supply of health information online, there are also several technological devices that can be used for monitoring health.
Wearable devices are available to monitor heart rate, vital signs, blood pressure, exercise, posture, risk of falls, and many other health concerns.
Transportation and Travel
Getting around can also become more strenuous with age. For seniors that are no longer able to drive, apps can be downloaded for public transportation information and assistance. Seniors often receive a discounted rate for public transit.
Uber is another useful for app for people living in cities that support the service.
Technology can also be helpful for planning longer trips.
Websites like Kayak can be used to find and book cheap flights. Accommodations can be found at booking.com for cities all over the planet. Travel insurance can also be arranged online.
Once you get to your destination, you will want an easy way to stay connected to friends and family back home. WhatsApp is an extremely useful app that allows free calling and texting across international borders.
Unlimited options for entertainment can be accessed online. There is something for everyone to enjoy on the internet, regardless of what your entertainment preferences may be.
If you like music, there are free online radio stations to listen to for every music genre. For a comprehensive library of video and audio files, you can probably find any song you have ever heard on YouTube.
If TV series or movies are your preference, then affordable sites like Netflix or Crave offer a decent selection.
Like reading? E-readers such as Kindle or Kobo are great for putting all your favorite books on one convenient device.
For people who like games, there are free online games or game apps to download to your smartphone of pretty much any description.
Word games or puzzles are an ideal way to stay entertained while stimulating the brain to keep it sharp.
A highly recommended way for seniors to keep their minds active is through continued learning. Learning something new is proven to be an effective way to delay or prevent dementia.
For any topic or subject you may be interested in, you will be able to find information or possibly even a free course about it online.
It is important to be very discerning and discriminating about where you are getting your information from. There is a lot of false and misleading material and advice being presented as fact with no real evidence to support it.
Courses on improving digital literacy can be found online, and possibly at your local library.
The internet provides a very helpful and convenient platform for keeping in touch with friends and family wherever they may be located.
Email is a highly effective way to stay connected. Social media sites can be used for communication and photo sharing.
Skype is great way to get some face time with friends in family in other locations.
Online banking is an excellent way to organize and keep track of monthly expenses and bill payments.
It is quick and easy to set up, and monthly payments can be automated.
Paperless billing means less bills piling up on the kitchen table, and a reduction in paper waste.