Tips for Helping Seniors Learn New TechnologySeptember 30, 2019
Learning to better use technology has many benefits, including everything from staying more connected with distant family members to keeping memory sharp. Technology can help make life easier, safer, and more fulfilling in a myriad of ways, and since young people have lived much of their lives using fancy electronic devices, they’re the perfect candidates for teaching seniors to use technology to their advantage.
Recently, our Sunshine Villa community facilitated a four-part technology workshop taught by a local high schooler. Here’s what we learned.
Don’t Cover Too Much Ground at Once
“Technology” covers everything from voice assistants and tablets to smartphones, video game consoles, and laptops, but it can be overwhelming to cover too many types of technology at once.
That’s why our technology workshop kept it to one topic a week, starting with voice assistants in week one, iPads in week two, smart phones in week three, and then returning to voice assistance in week four, since many of the residents had purchased Amazon Alexas after learning more about them.
By narrowing down the topic, you can prevent being overwhelmed by new information. Plus, because technology is so interconnected, learning how to use one piece of technology can directly enhance your experience using another.
Personalize the Lessons
You don’t have to become an expert to use technology to your advantage. When teaching or learning about technology, focus on specific features and how they might improve one’s life.
During the workshop, for example, residents asked specific questions and presented examples of how they’ve benefited from certain types of technology.
One resident told a story about how he fell in the middle of the night and broke his leg. He called for help and even before the health services staff could get to him, Alexa asked him what kind of help he needed and connected him to 911. Other residents talked about how they use Alexa daily to listen to the music they love, stay up-to-date on the news, or listen to audiobooks. One resident with impaired vision said the fact that he could once again enjoy novels on his own changed his life.
Let Blue Harbor Help
Still want to learn more about how technology can improve quality of life? Keep an eye on our community activity calendars, they are constantly offering education talks that directly benefit our residents!
Have additional questions about senior living? Our True Blue team is here to help! Just reach out to us and we’d love to set up a time to talk in more detail.
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