As the world becomes more and more interconnected with social media and cell phones, understanding and knowing how to use technology is becoming increasingly important.
The more digitized society becomes, many older adults may feel left behind, but that doesn’t mean it is too late to start learning how to benefit from and use technology. No one begins with the knowledge of how to use a cell phone or computer.
By going about it in the right way, seniors can learn how to use and integrate technology into their everyday life. Here are some tips on how you can help a senior learn and adapt to using technology.
Explain the Benefits
Many seniors may feel hesitant about using a computer or cell phone because they are unaware of or don’t understand the benefits. However, explaining the benefits can make them more interested in learning about it. Take time to understand the interests and goals that a senior would want to accomplish by using technology. Then, explain how technology can make it easier for them to achieve those goals to help spark interest in learning.
There will be various aspects of technology seniors might encounter for the first time. Learning how to talk, text, and understand search engines and web browsers takes some time to get used to.
Being patient with your senior student is imperative to their learning process. It would be best if you were their guide and answered their questions by showing them (hands-on) the easiest ways to accomplish each task. You may need an extra dose of patience when hearing repetitive questions. Be friendly when giving them feedback and show a willingness to help in any areas they are interested in learning about.