Whether you’re the tech-savviest senior in your social circle or you don’t know the difference between a tablet and a Tweet, you will find that you always have more to learn about technology. This may sound daunting, but it also presents seniors with many opportunities for learning, growing, and improving their lives. You may feel like learning to use a computers or a cell phone is too much work, but by avoiding them, you are missing out on the many opportunities presented by new technology. If you want to increase your skills with technology, consider these six tech tips especially for seniors.
Ask for help
If you struggle with using technology – or even if you’re an expert, but you are trying something new – enlist a knowledgeable relative or a technology specialist to help you learn the basics of your device. For those who are just learning how to use technology, ask for your device to be set on the most simple settings and get a tutorial on the basic functions of the device.
Consider adaptive programs
You might be surprised at how many computer programs, apps, and tools are designed to help people with special needs. For those with low vision, large-print software can increase the text size on web pages. If fine motor issues make it difficult to type, voice recognition software can do the work for you. Whatever your barrier to using technology, software likely exists to help you overcome it.
Research before you invest
Read up on new devices and ask others for their advice before you invest in a new technology product. Make a list of your priorities – for example, do you want something that is easy to use, or do you prefer something with all the latest features? Then choose the device that best fits those priorities. Technology is a big investment, so make sure you’re spending your money, and your time, wisely.
Learn what technology can do for you
If you’re hesitant to invest time and money into a new type of technology, take the time to learn how tech tools can help you in your daily life. These days, the internet helps connect people through e-mail and through video-chatting, making it easier to keep up with your loved ones who live far away. You’ll also find that technology can give you step-by-step driving directions, provide you with endless entertainment, and even help you monitor your health and give medication reminders.
Be safe – but don’t get scared away
You’ve probably heard stories about people who have lost money on internet scams or who have been robbed or even hurt by people they met online. If you are just starting out with technology, it’s important to learn some basic internet safety. Most importantly, don’t share personal or financial information with others online. But don’t let these horror stories scare you away from using technology, which has improved many more lives than it’s harmed. If you are worried, consider taking a class on how to use the internet safely and effectively.
One of the wonderful ways technology can help improve your life is by connecting you with helpful resources. The Life Care Funding team is one such resource. We can help you answer questions about how to prepare for the possibility of long-term care. Reach out to us today with your questions, concerns, or comments about how you can plan for your financial future.