Studies find that senior isolation and loneliness is a major contributor to depression and a number of other diseases including heart disease and cancer. While a change in a senior’s physical abilities may make it difficult to get out and about, new advancements in technology work to keep seniors of all abilities in touch with the outside world so they do not feel so isolated and alone.
As a premier Boca Raton senior care provider, we encourage all of our clients to engage in new technologies, whether it’s a tablet or laptop computer. The benefits of technology for seniors are numerous and can include, but are not limited to:
- Boosting Self Esteem – Learning to operate a computer or other technological device gives seniors a sense of accomplishment and boosts confidence. Research has also found that older adults who use technology have higher self-esteem than those who do not.
- Maintaining Social Ties – Isolation is a growing problem for many seniors who have limited mobility and no family nearby. A smartphone or WIFI tablet that allows transmission of pictures and other family news can be a source of great happiness for seniors whose loved ones are far away. Many of today’s devices have built-in cameras, which can allow seniors to video chat with their friends and loved ones as well.
- Staying Involved in Favorite Activities – When mobility prevents seniors from participating physically in their favorite activities, the internet can keep them involved. A gardener who can no longer physically garden can still share that knowledge online. Computerized readers keep books available when seniors can no longer make the trip to the library. Streaming video and newscasts keep older adults up-to-date and entertained with their favorite movies.
- Conducting Tasks Online – Seniors with access to technology can conduct much of their daily or monthly tasks online, which preserves their sense of independence. Paying bills and shopping can be accomplished easily and quickly without ever leaving the home.
Technology is staving off loneliness by keeping seniors connected, and boosting self-esteem by teaching them new skills. It also provides a sense of security as a number of devices including smartphones and tablets have apps and emergency buttons that can quickly summon help should an emergency arise. With so many benefits, why not get your parent, grandparent or relative working on a new tablet or computer?
For more information about staving off loneliness for seniors and older adults, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Boca Raton. Our experienced, compassionate and highly trained caregivers are great friends to their clients, and provide live-in or hourly care in Boca Raton, assisting seniors with daily activities while also providing companionship and emotional support. For more information, schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with an experienced Care Manager today by calling 561-826-9282.