As members of the baby boomer generation reach retirement, being tech-savvy during those senior years is only becoming increasingly important. Learning new technologies can seem like a daunting task at times, but the rewards will be worth the time and energy! Here are 3 reasons why all seniors can benefit from being tech-savvy:
Learning the basics about how to use social media is a great way to stay connected with family and friends. Create a Facebook account and never miss your grandchild’s school dance pictures or news about an old friend by staying connected online. If you are interested in learning different online social media tools and platforms, Social Media 4 Seniors is one great resource here in Knoxville to take advantage of.
Skype and FaceTime are two other ways to stay connected with friends and family and feel like you are with them face-to-face. FaceTime is only available for Apple product-to-Apple product exchanges (example: iPhone calling an iPad), but Skype can be used on any device with a camera.
The benefit of FaceTime is that it is automatically on every Apple device, whereas Skype has to be intentionally downloaded from the app store. However, it can be easily downloaded here. All you need is access to a computer, phone, tablet, or any smart device with a camera, and you can be talking face-to-face with loved ones in no time. Ahh, the beauty of technology!
Use technology to be more independent yourself or to help a loved one continue to live independently. If driving is no longer an option or has become difficult for you, do not worry. You can still live independently! Ride services like Uber, Lyft, and even services specifically designed for seniors such as Go Go Grandparent, allow you to travel around town safely without ever having to drive a car.
There are also several online services, like Postmates and Instacart, that allow you to shop at your favorite grocery stores online and have it delivered straight to your front door. These online shopping services are great for seniors living on their own, but who may have a difficult time leaving the house alone.
Be a Lifelong Learner
Keeping an active mind is one of the healthiest things to do while you age. Podcasts and blogs are just a couple ways you can stay up-to-date, keep your mind active, and learn about a topic that interests you.
A podcast is a digital audio file available on the internet, often organized by episodes in a series, just like a television series. It’s like listening to a TV show or radio segment, but episodes are available when it’s convenient for you! Many people enjoy podcasts while driving their daily commute, cleaning the house, exercising, etc. since it allows you to stay active while listening.
These days, you can find a podcasts covering anything you are interested in. Everything from the daily news to murder mysteries have been turned into podcasts. Start with the basics and try The Daily for top news stories or Stuff You Missed in History Class for some fun and interesting historical facts.
Blogs are another great source for learning. Most businesses and brands have blogs now, sharing information on all kinds of subjects. Try Southern Living’s food blog or the #1 rated blog for seniors, The New Old Age. And of course, don’t forget to regularly check back on our blog for Medicare tips, senior living tidbits, and much more.
We would love to hear the way you and your loved ones are using technology to make life easier! Share your thoughts and tips with our Senior Financial Group team in the comments below or by emailing us.