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Q: How can seniors benefit from technology?

Posted July 31, 2013 in Advice Column, Clear Lake

A: There are a variety of benefits to seniors using technology. Seniors are one of the most susceptible to loneliness, but the least likely to use technology. According to the Pew Research Center Project, 53 percent of Americans 65 and older were using the Internet or email. After age 75, use dropped off significantly to 34 percent. By contrast nearly 90 percent of younger adults are digitally connected.

For example; Facebook can be used to keep in contact with family members and share news and information.

Skype or FaceTime can be used to see and speak to family members and friends that you are unable to see on a regular basis.

Cell phones give seniors a sense of security and independence when they are out and about away from home, knowing that someone is just a phone call away.

The Internet/computers keeps them culturally up to date; they are able to look up a variety of information. Studies show many seniors became interested in the Internet because it could extend their information about, and participation in, a particular hobby.

There are a variety of resources available to help teach seniors how to use various technology’s including books, classes and personal mentors.

Information provided by Melissa Kuhn, Help At Home Senior Care LLC, 141 N. Clark St., Clear Lake, 641-525-0332, helpathomeservices@gmail.com, helpathomeservices.org.





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