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Power Outlet: 5 Reasons Older Adults Connect with Technology


Posted on October 8, 2014 by Jill Nauta


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Technology empowers us all to connect to the people and things that matter most – and seniors are no exception. Here are five reasons older adults may want to charge up their cell phone, tablet or laptop more often.

1. It’s easy to engage with special life events.

Social media platforms create a place to view photos of a new addition to the family, send happy birthday wishes, or listen to a piano recital.

Tip: Get started by connecting with family and friends or other Atria residents on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, or Instagram.

2. Shopping is a breeze.

Older adults like being able to comparison-shop at multiple stores. Online shopping allows them to do this without ever leaving home. It saves time, energy and makes shopping simple – items are shipped directly to their door.

Tip: Try visiting a restaurant’s website to read the menu. Make doctors’ appointments online and fill out paperwork. Browse Amazon.com or open your own EBay store to sell your gently used goods.

3. The Internet is chock full of product reviews, creative ideas and learning opportunities.

Sites like Pinterest can give you $10 gift ideas for your 12-year-old grandson. And YouTube provides a vast array of instructional tutorials, such as how to operate your mobile phone or repair an appliance.

4. It lets you organize and stay on top of your finances.

Online access to personal bank accounts allows you to view balances, pay bills and transfer money between accounts. Balancing your checkbook becomes a snap with online monthly statements. Say good-bye to piles of paperwork!

5. Technology is fun!

It is now possible to visit Africa, look at artwork in a museum in France, watch a live football game and talk face-to-face with friends no matter where they live. What a wonderful world!

Get the most out of your technology and plug in today. Visit our website at www.atriaseniorliving.com. Read our blog or find inspiration on our Pinterest page. Friend us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter or Instagram. We want to connect with you! What hurdles are keeping you from accessing technology? Share your comments with us.

 


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1 Comment

  • Jimmy French says:

    Jill, it is a special blessing to be able to work with you and see you in action in person… you give so much to our community and to our Residents; I once read that To whom much is given Much much more is required. I want to say thank you, and for the one that Hired you, saw something that your prior employers failed to see. I’m glad you are on Our Team!! You Go Girl!