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Embracing Technology: A Guide for Seniors

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Summary: As technology continues to revolutionize our day-to-day lives, seniors may find it challenging to keep up with all the devices, apps, and services that are out there. Though embracing technology can seem daunting, there are many ways in which technology can enrich the lives of older adults. Embracing Technology: A Guide for Seniors explores some of the most helpful pieces of technology for seniors while offering helpful tips for those who aren’t so tech-savvy.

Over the past years, technology has revolutionized the way we go about our day-to-day life. From smart phones to virtual doctor’s visits, it has become almost impossible to avoid engaging with technology. Though many advancements in technology are meant to make our lives easier and more convenient, it can have the opposite effect on older adults who haven’t had the opportunity to grow up with these technologies.

Unlike children today, most older adults did not grow up in a world with laptops and smart devices. In fact, the World Wide Web did not become available to the public until 1993 and since then, technology has been developing at a rapid pace. With how quickly devices and services change, it’s no wonder that many seniors can feel frustrated or intimidated when it comes to learning how to use different technologies.

Though embracing technology can seem like a daunting task, it’s important to understand that technology can enrich the lives of older adults in many ways. Social media and smart devices allow seniors to connect with friends, family, and communities from the comfort of their home. Telehealth services and online pharmacies make keeping up with your healthcare needs more convenient. Even services like food and grocery delivery can make a significant impact on aging at home.

Utilizing these technologies can help seniors maintain their independence while improving their quality of life. Fortunately, user-friendliness has become a priority for many tech companies, resulting in devices and services that are easy to learn and use. Often, the biggest hurdle to utilizing technology is overcoming the fear of learning it.

Learn How Different Forms of Technology Can Enrich Your Life

At Apply for Medicare, our goal is to not only be a reliable resource for Medicare information, but to also provide seniors with information that can help make a positive impact on their lives. As an online resource, we understand how beneficial technology can be to your everyday life. However, we also understand how complicated it can be to try and understand all the devices, apps, services, and sites that are out there. This is why we created this guide.

Throughout this guide, we’ll explore different pieces of technology that can benefit seniors throughout their day-to-day life. This will include smart devices, apps and social media, telehealth services, and more. Our hope is that this guide will not only educate you on these different technologies, but also give you the confidence to utilize and experiment with the various technologies that are out there.

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Sources

30 Years Ago, One Decision Altered the Course of Our Connected World, NPR.org. Accessed March 2024

https://www.npr.org/2023/04/30/1172276538/world-wide-web-internet-anniversary

Allison Auvil

Allison Auvil

Content Strategist
Allison Auvil is a Content Strategist at Elite Insurance Partners. With a bachelor’s degree in visual arts, Allison brings a creative perspective to her writing. She has been involved in content writing and editing for the past five years. The combination of an extensive Medicare101 training program and daily thorough research has made Allison a Medicare Guru. A detail-oriented writer, Allison is focused on writing pieces that are accurate, informative, and easy to read. She begins her writing process with meticulous research and note taking. Once her data is compiled, Allison enjoys the challenge of taking complex data and information and creating articles that are easy to understand.
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