Connecting Generations: How Young People are Helping Older Adults Stay Social

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It takes almost no time for younger generations like iGen, Generation Z, Millennials, and Generation X to learn the ins and outs of the latest technology. But for senior citizens, it is often a struggle to keep up with advancements.

That’s where the younger generations come to the rescue!

Those with parents or grandparents in senior care can teach seniors how to stay social, just like them.

Take some time to browse through our tips below and help your senior stay social.

Get things started by demonstrating the value of technology for your senior. You can show them how simple and useful technology can be by video calling with a longtime friend, or by replying to an important email in less than ten minutes. Doing this with them will help them to see the value of technology.

Try and help your senior understand the language of technology. Using the technological terms and phrases that you’re familiar with won’t be very helpful, because they are probably not familiar with them. So instead, break things down into a simpler language and use analogies that they can visualize and understand.

Take things slow! Don’t rush over your explanations or demonstrations. We know it’s quick and easy for you to use your phone or tablet, but it probably won’t be for your senior. Just take the time to go through the motions of a specific process a few times over, until your senior starts to get the hang of it.

Write it down for your senior if they are struggling to remember how to use their technology. Remember that your senior is older, and forgetfulness is sometimes a part of the aging process. They may not remember important details you have told them, so write down easy instructions for them to follow for when you’re not around.

Teaching someone who is new to technology can sometimes be a frustrating experience but try your best to be patient with your senior. Exhibiting patience allows your senior to learn to use technology at a pace they are comfortable with. It also will show them how much you love and care for them.

Make sure you are staying consistent with your demonstrations and explanations so your senior can catch on – It may take more than one go around! So, go through several of the same things each time you spend time with them until they have a good grasp on them, and just keep with it.

To consult with someone about enrolling your senior into a personalized senior care plan, call Home Care Assistance today!


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