Technology brings everyone close together in a time where many of us cannot be. Especially, for those who may be shielding due to the Coronavirus. Nothing can replace a conversation with someone in person, however with loneliness on the rise for elderly people, finding ways to communicate from distance is very important.
Age UK states “There is clear evidence that the use of modern technologies, particularly the internet, as a method for establishing and maintaining social contact is on the increase among the older population.”
The over-65s are still less likely than other age groups to have ever used the internet, but the number of people aged 65+ who are using the internet is rising more rapidly than any other age group. The focus for the use of technology to facilitate older people to live independently in their own homes for longer has been, assistive technology and tele-care. Now there is a push to use this for communication, many elderly people are finding ways to adapt and learn.
There are many benefits seen by encouraging the elderly to use technology which include adaptations to suit their individual needs:
Here are some way to help encourage elderly relatives or friends to use technology for communication:
Helping your loved ones stay socially engaged can make a huge difference.
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