Remember when we’d look up a fact in an encyclopedia? Wait for the operator to connect our call? Or write a letter to a pen pal? In just a few decades, technology has dramatically changed the way we get information, connect with others and spend our free time. Many of these changes make our lives easier, but if you find it a challenge to know where to start, or how to keep up, you’re not alone. Here are three ways to harness the power of technology and make it work for you.
Make the most of your phone
Carry a cellphone? Welcome to the club. Over 42 percent of adults over 60 own a smartphone, a number that’s doubled since 2013. Phones are increasingly sophisticated devices with many senior-friendly features, including large screens that are easier to read and allow you to zoom in on text and photos. Some phones have voice-recognition capabilities that let you voice dial, dictate a text message or get information by asking a question. If you own an old-fashioned cellphone, you might want to trade up.
A smartphone puts the world in your palm. With a touch, you access music, games, audiobooks, exercise, shopping, banking, movies, transportation, recipes – the possibilities are endless.
Here’s how our tech-savvy Plymouth Place residents use their phones:
Get connected online
Connecting with friends and family is good for your health, and technology makes it easy to communicate with them wherever they are. Say hello, or I love you, with a quick email, a text message or a photo. Even better, learn how to make a video call on WhatsApp or Skype so you can see the person you’re talking to.
Getting online can also be good for your social life. Social media websites like Facebook are a fun way to see what your friends are up to and let them know what you’re doing. Surf the internet for websites that allow you to meet others who share your interests. Whether it’s classic cars or crafting, every city has local meet groups that hold events where you can socialize and have fun.
You can also use the internet to make a difference. Connect with like-minded people by supporting a petition or donating to a start-up. Make your voice heard by writing a review. If something works for you, why not let others know? Some companies may even give you a freebie if you post a review of their product or service.
Discover home and health devices
Technology isn’t just about the internet. Improvements in assistive home and health devices just keep coming:
Would you like to learn how to better use your phone, tablet or computer? Be our guest at at an upcoming technology session. You’ll meet seniors just like you who want to stay up to date on the latest technology trends. Call us at 1-866-573-1839 for more information.