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Ageing, Technology and the Senior Population

With the speed at which technology is advancing, it can be easy to feel left out. Many of today’s communication devices seem to be aimed at younger generations, making it difficult for seniors to learn how to stay in touch with their loved ones.

For seniors, simpler is better. And technology has been developed that not only keeps things simple for tech-savvy seniors, but serves to keep them safe as well. One device has been created which helps to keep seniors on top of the latest social media technology, but without all of the time-intensive sign ups and log-ins. The device removes any function that is unnecessary, in addition to offering larger and easier-to-read font sizes. It’s called Tapestry, and works much like a social media group. One member opens the account, and then invites others to join it.

The best part about Tapestry technology is that it can be integrated with existing social media accounts. But there’s no worry about unnecessary elements with this new technology; Tapestry removes these, enabling only photo-sharing elements of each social media site. The ability to stay connected to loved ones in this way allows seniors to maintain those social connections that are vital for a healthy and positive life in those of retirement age.

Of course, this isn’t the only way to stay connected using technology. Indeed, many seniors have taken advantage of free or low cost courses that teach them how to use the Internet for many tasks, including online management of finances, retirement planning and health education. This has opened up a brand new world that is full of exciting and life-enhancing experiences.

Independence

Technology has not only served to help seniors to stay connected to friends and family, but it has also allowed for a much higher degree of independence than was previously possible. These benefits are also felt elsewhere, such as in the health sector. When a senior has access to the information available online, they can rely on resources other than health care centers to address specific concerns. For example, a senior may call a health line as opposed to traveling to their doctor’s office. This can ease the load on hospitals and doctors’ offices.

Empowerment

Another benefit to seniors’ use of technology is that it allows them to stay engaged with the world around them. In fact, because so much information can be had online in such a small amount of time, seniors can find the information they want at any time of the day or night. This can be very empowering for the senior who feels that many things may be out of their control.

The Internet and other technology are terrific ways for seniors to get information about things like their finances and retirement planning. 

One great example is our eBook, which is a free download that can give you all the answers you need. You can also speak with one of our informed professionals about your personal retirement plan.

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