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What Makes It Difficult for Some Older Adults to Use Technology?

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The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an increase in using digital communication to keep in touch with family, participate in religious services, attend school, and get medical attention. It seems this way of staying connected has become the preferred way to do business in some circles. Individuals, families, and businesses have embraced what’s being called the “new normal” of staying at home and connecting to the outside world via the Internet and social media. Seniors are no exception. However, because of the challenges that come with technology, some seniors are missing out on the advantages of digital communication.

Technology Can Be Expensive

Typical Internet services can be out of a senior’s financial reach, particularly in rural areas where there may be few options. Paying $100 or more per month for Internet access can be a burden for seniors with limited resources. Laptop computers, tablets, and smartphones can be costly. Smartphones are convenient, and it’s possible to purchase a data plan that allows the user to connect to the Internet whenever he or she is in range of a network signal. However, without Wi-Fi access, a user who exceeds the data limit must pay more or be without service. A senior without an unlimited data plan may be unable to take full advantage of services like telehealth visits.

From using high-tech gadgets to managing basic housekeeping tasks, older adults often require help with an array of activities. Every senior has different needs when aging in place. Some simply need occasional assistance with household chores, while others may be managing a serious illness and require more extensive 24-hour care. Green Valley seniors can count on Home Care Assistance to provide the in-home care they need and deserve.

Equipment, Experience, & Physical Limitations Impact Technology Use

It takes some practice to become accustomed to technology. Some seniors don’t own smartphones with computer capabilities, and others with computers may have difficulty using them. A retired senior who didn’t use a computer at work may lack the skills for successful digital technology use. Using online services that require navigating to multiple links or filling out forms can be frustrating, especially when an individual repeatedly taps the wrong key and must repeat the process.

Poor eyesight and arthritis are some physical limitations that may prevent some seniors from using technology. Text on a computer screen or smartphone can be difficult to see, especially when the print is small. Arthritis can make it challenging to manipulate a mouse or keyboard.

Vision loss and arthritis aren’t the only health issues older adults are susceptible to. There are a variety of age-related health conditions that can make it more challenging for seniors to live independently. However, many of the challenges they face can be easier to address if their families opt for professional senior care. You can rely on expertly trained caregivers to keep your loved one safe and comfortable while aging in place.

Online Fraud & Scams Can Be Challenging for Seniors

The Internet is rife with scam artists seeking information that allows them to commit all types of fraud. Unsuspecting seniors become the targets of people who peddle miracle cures and fake services online. A senior seeking telehealth services or health information might sign into a look-alike site that exists solely to gain access to personal information. Once a scam site gets this information, criminals can sell it to identity thieves or use it for other criminal activity. A senior who plans to use technology for paying bills, seeking healthcare, or finding information can benefit from a family member, in-home caregiver, or trusted friend helping him or her use technology effectively and avoid fraud and scams. 

Computers, smartphones, and other tech devices make life easier, but they can pose unique challenges for seniors. Aging adults who require assistance with the tasks of daily living can benefit from reliable elder care. Green Valley, AZ, families trust Home Care Assistance to provide the high-quality care their elderly loved ones need and deserve. Our caregivers are trained to help seniors prevent and manage serious illnesses and encourage them to make healthier decisions as they age. To learn about our high-quality in-home care services, give us a call at 520-625-2050 today.