The internet can be an important tool and helping the elderly keep up to date with the modern world could be a great way to help promote their independence.
Not just for 'keeping up with the youngsters', the internet can be used for staying in touch with family and friends from all across the globe, reminiscing over photos from younger days and ordering the groceries.
Our older generations deserve the opportunity to learn new skill sets without fear. And the use of modern technology should be encouraged and taken advantage of, whether playing games, recording their diet or catching up with their favorite television program.
Tips To Consider When Helping The Elderly
It can be an intimidating experience for many older people, however, here are several tips when teaching someone you know that can help encourage them to navigate through the internet.
- Listen to why and how they want to learn... take note!
- Help with the technical setup.
- Whilst doing the technical setup explain what things are and how they work
- Sit down with them and let them have a go.
- Find out what interests them, and use this to your advantage.
- Help them overcome their fears.
- Teach them the strange language of computers. Cookies anyone?
Did you know that 40% of those aged 65 use the internet daily? Let's embrace the advantages the internet has to offer and teach the older generation about them!