Sometimes learning new things can be seriously daunting. Often it may even feel like it takes more effort than it’s worth to truly embrace modern technology. People have gotten by without it for centuries, right? While that may be true, the world is relying on tech more and more these days, making it nearly unavoidable. But don’t fret, there are some serious upsides to becoming tech savvy.
There’s a whole slew of convenient services that seniors can take advantage of by using a smart phone. For instance, delivery services like Shipt, Postmates, and Instacart can bring groceries right to your door. Need someone to drive you somewhere? Apps like Lyft and Uber makes hailing a ride incredibly easy.
While you’ve likely heard of fitness monitors like the Fitbit or Garmin Vivoactive, there are other types of trackers, too. There are smartphone apps that can help track your diet, sleep quality, and many other aspects of your life. Plus, there are also devices that can monitor your heart rate and blood sugar as well.
While smart home products are often marketed towards young people, they could be even more useful for seniors. As high-tech as it may seem to install a wireless doorbell, automatic thermostat, or smart lighting, it’s surprisingly easy. Besides, remember the Clapper (clap on, clap off)? New home automation tech is much more sophisticated and reliable.
Many older adults, especially those with trouble getting around, may feel they’re becoming isolated from their loved ones. Keeping up with family and friends is made easier using social media apps, messengers, and even mobile video.
Side Gigs and Career Opportunities
For older adults looking for a secondary income, working online from home can be a huge boon. Having even basic tech skills can help make it possible. Alternatively, you can use the internet to expand your knowledge through educational websites, blogs, and podcasts.