For many seniors who didn’t grow up with today’s technology, all of the latest gadgets, apps, and social networking can feel foreign and daunting. Technology today requires most of us to be constantly learning new and, for many, difficult things. Fortunately, there are ways that you can help your senior mom feel more familiar with technology. Here are some great ways you can help her trust technology and use it to her advantage.
Have a Loved One Explain
Having a friend or family member gently explain certain types of technology to Mom is one of the best ways to introduce her to new concepts. Many seniors have children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren who are knowledgeable about today’s technology. If your senior mom comes from a smaller family, chances are there is a friend or neighbor who can sit down and explain a computer, a cell phone, or social media to Mom. You will find that most people are more open to learning something new things when they are in a comfortable, familiar environment with people they know and trust.
Show Her the Benefits
There are so many advantages to being tech-savvy and using social media. From exercise and health tracking, to apps that help with medication management, technology can benefit seniors in so many different ways. Technology is a great way for seniors to stay independent and healthy. The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project found that seniors ages 74 and older are currently the fastest growing group of social network users. Social media is an excellent way to keep your senior mom social and avoid isolation and depression, even if she lives alone.
Take a Class Together
Many colleges and assisted living communities offer classes on technology for seniors. You can search online or visit a senior center near you to find information on tech classes offered in your area. Try to look for classes that are held in a physical location, not online. Being in a classroom with other people makes learning easier for seniors. Once you find a class that will work for Mom, help her sign up and sign up along with her. Taking a class together can add some extra fun to a possibly stressful situation, and it will be a good bonding experience for you and your mom.