Today’s world is getting increasingly more digital and things like sending letters, physically queueing up to get a form stamped and paying for major services in person with cash have all largely become things of the past, as businesses and Government agencies seek to streamline their operations and move towards further automation.
In this context, it is now more important than ever for older people to get online and get more comfortable with technology.
As emigration statistics rose in line with the economic collapse, more and more young people were forced to move away from home for work.
As a result of this, many parents, grandparents and older relatives, out of necessity had to become familiar with things like Skype, Facetime, WhatsApp, Viber and other messaging services. At the same time, a boost in Wifi needs was also seen, as many older households suddenly had an increased need for reliable and fast internet use, which they didn’t have before. Likewise, a number of smart phones and tablets were gifted as presents.
While this was a great way to introduce older people to technology and they were more than happy to talk to their family online via video chat, this didn’t mean that they were happy to do their banking online, set up online billing or get more comfortable with emailing.
According to researchers, here are some of the challenges faced by older people using technology;
Here are some of the ways to encourage older people to use technology more in their daily lives;