Technology…it’s everywhere. If you don’t use it…people will think you are square.
The line above is techie humor for those that will entertain it. But the line holds truth. Technology IS everywhere. This very article in which you are reading is brought to you by our use of it. There is a great number of us in the 50+ community that have caught on to the trend of technology, but we have yet to match our techie-counterparts [younger generations]. Needless to say, our use of technology has evolved over the last 25 years.
In a past Technology Tuesday article called Technology Getting the Job, we reference a study from the Pew Research Center that found that only 59% of American adults over 65, were active internet users, and since 2000, technological adaptations have increased by 45%.
Are you ready to adapt but you just don’t know what devices/programs you should be using? Have no fear, we listed 6 technological trends Grown Folks should be using and made aware of:
UBER is a car service that is generally marketed to a fast-paced, younger market. However, the service can be beneficial to older adults that need to run errands or get from point A to point B. In order to use this car service, the app must be downloaded to your mobile phone. It uses your phone’s location to track the nearest UBER.
There might be a quick slip of memory or we come up to weirdly constructed roadways and navigation will do a good job of keeping you or a loved one from getting lost.
Video calling services
There are a wide variety of video calling services such as Skype, Tango, and FaceTime. Video calling is a great alternative to phone calls and picture messaging. Users are able to see and hear their parties- whether it’s for business meetings or friends/family.
Smartphones are popular devices that allow users to do just about anything they desire to do. Mobile phone companies are recognizing the growing number of older American users, and devices such as the iPhone 5s or the Nokia Lumia which happen to be senior-friendly, compared to other phones in the market.
Home assistive devices
There are many assistive devices on the market that are designed to keep seniors independent and safe. A few include led lights, medicine dispensers, and stove shut-off systems.
Health tracking software is not only beneficial for this age group but caregivers, too. There are a sundry of apps and software that have been created for countless health tracking purposes, such as medication trackers, calorie burning, and nutritional needs.
These devices and software are created to keep users, in this age group, independent and affluent with the times. Don’t become stuck, embrace the Digital Era. As a part of the 50+ community, what are some devices/software/systems you use on the regular?
If there’s something we forgot on the list, leave us a comment below!