During the recent summer months, life since the coronavirus pandemic has slowly started to feel more normal. However, researchers predict that we aren’t out of the woods yet and that, as the summer comes to a close and colder weather descends upon us, the number of cases will continue to rise. With this in mind, it is especially important for those at a higher risk of contracting coronavirus, including those of us over the age of sixty-five, to continue to practice social distancing.
Helping your loved one to get more comfortable using modern-day technology will allow them to follow social distancing protocol while still feeling connected and engaged.
Online safety is a big concern for seniors. Seniors are attractive targets to scammers because they often have large sums of money saved, are trusting in nature, and are less likely to report fraud. As they become more comfortable online, ask your loved one to take certain precautions. These would include creating secure passwords, refraining from sharing personal information on websites that do not seem legitimate, and reporting suspected fraud to the authorities.
According to the Pew Research Center, 34% of Americans over the age of sixty-five use social networking sites. For seniors, using social media is an excellent way to stay connected and share photos with loved ones. It can also help bridge the intergenerational gap with grand- and great-grandchildren. Seniors can use social networking sites as an easy way to connect with others that share similar hobbies and interests.
Simplify Video Chatting
While FaceTime, Skype, and Zoom have become popular options for video chatting during quarantine, they may be confusing for some seniors. If your loved one struggles to become tech-savvy, consider a video-based communication device that is more senior-friendly. The GrandPad, ViewClix, Konneckt Videophone, and the Amazon Echo Show are all great options.
Consider a Cellphone
If a good-old-fashioned phone call is more their speed, consider getting your loved one a cellphone designed specifically for seniors. From smartphones to flip phones, there are many great options. To help you decide on the phone that is best for them, consider how your loved one will use their phone. Will they be primarily making phone calls and taking and storing photos, or playing games and using apps?
Modern-day technology has, in many ways, made navigating this pandemic a bit easier. Whether they’re near or far, your loved one will appreciate being able to stay connected with family, friends, and the world around them during this time of uncertainty.