Tips For Staying On Top Of Changing Technology
Posted by Mike McQuinn on February 15, 2016 | no comments
As relatives get on in years, they become less likely to adapt. The adage about not being able to teach an old dog new tricks is absolutely something that holds true, and it holds true with the elderly as well. The AARP has admitted that the elderly are more likely to lag behind the rest of the country when it comes to the adaptation of new technology, and they say that there are a variety of reasons for this; things like the difficulty reading small lettering on the monitor, the costs associated with new technologies, and the loss of mental elasticity.
So how do you help them to stay up to date with the newest technologies? What can you do to help make sure that the older members of your family are adapting to technology as it changes around them? Well, there are a few ways to accomplish this, some of which will be more labor and time-intensive than others.
Let’s examine a few now:
Classes to learn about new technologies
Most cities in the United States offer classes, often for free, for computer literacy for the elderly. These classes are taught by people who understand working with the elderly and their technology concerns, and the curriculum is designed around ensuring that your elderly loved one will be able to utilize the new technology for at least its basic purpose.
Showing them yourself
This may not be the most popular option on this list, but it has its values. Teaching the older members of your family how to use the new technologies in their lives can be a bonding experience, and a much more personalized experience than a class that teaches the basics.
Easing them into new technology
If they’re presented with a new device with a wide array of uses, like an iPad or other tablet or mobile device, ease them into functionality. You can start by telling them that they can use the tablet or mobile device for Skype, Netflix, and for reading books, and then slowly expand their knowledge as they have more and more desire to learn about the device.
Adapting new technologies to them
Why would the elderly want to struggle with reading tiny print on a backlit screen and attempting to accomplish goals that require motor skills that many lack when they could just do something else with their time?
There are things that can be done to make these technologies more elderly-friendly. Mouse sensitivities can be customized with ease, and the font size and icon size can be zoomed-in so that the aging family members in your life can better read and use new technologies.
A common example of this idea is taping over the remote of an elderly relative to cover up the buttons that they don’t need to press for regular operation, or setting their web browser to show text at 150% normal size.
These are just a few good strategies for introducing the elderly to new technologies and helping them adapt to the ever-changing world around them. Whatever your plan, you will need to do something to make sure that they can adapt to the new technologies that will be running the world that we live in.