Normally, the elderly prefer to not become familiar with some modern forms of technology, especially the Internet. Chaotic, sometimes slow, and simply confusing, any activity online easily turns to displeasure after just a few attempts outside the comfort zone of interaction within the “real-world”, and this mindset is unshakable in some seniors. According to SeniorAdvice.com, those 65 and older are skeptical about the Internet because of a lack of value in content, any physical challenges, and learning difficulties.
As today’s technology-fused lifestyle is far from the customs of some senior citizens’, they have every right to doubt how the Internet would improve their lives, when they fared just fine without it in the past. However, a great amount of elders eventually require home-based care, and that tangible connection between them and the outside world becomes lost when their bodies betray them. Those who are confined to their home or beds may feel a sense of abandonment and exclusion, and this is where the Internet could prove useful. Elders who do not have a physical link to the world can stay connected to friends and family through search engines, as well as gain a financial independence with a home-based business on the Internet. Although elders have troubles adopting new technological skills, time on the web can actually result in prefrontal engagement and overall cognitive improvement. Also, with easy access to information, not only can they research and better understand their medical conditions, but they can also learn how to be more efficient in practicing good routines that benefit their health.
While the Internet can appear foreign and unnecessary, it just might be the solution to sustaining relationships and a connection with the outside world. If elders can be exposed to the advantages of being online, they can overcome the physical barriers that restrain them from living their life to the fullest.Read More