June Monthly Bulletin
How to be a Tech-Savvy Senior
Some of our members are already tech-savvy, but for those who aren’t – or for those who’d like to just ride along, here is some information to help you master the ever-changing world of technology.
As seniors living in a digital world, we can be easily overwhelmed by all the new technology around us. Everywhere we look, we see digital devices, whether they’re smartphones, computers, tablets, check-in kiosks at the hospital, or even ATMs. The bottom line is we either need to embrace them or…or what? Unfortunately, there isn’t another option. There’s just no avoiding that we should learn how to use these technological marvels surrounding us to make life easier. I think the more you learn about the technology around you, the more tech-savvy you’ll become.
We all want things to be easier and faster as we age, so it’s important to stay abreast of how technology can help us in our golden years. Technology provides the connectivity, speed and efficiency to make everything we do easier. Will we ever outsmart our grandkids when using technology devices – not a chance! But we can certainly make an impression on them about our understanding of technology and how we’ve adapted to it in our daily routines.
How much technology knowledge do we really need? Not all that much. Just getting some simple training in how to use computers, tablets, and smartphones can help us to stay connected with our families, friends, and communities. This is especially important for those who want to live independently and age at home.
There are many online services that offer technology lessons, instructional videos, or reference even more online resources that allow you to learn at your own pace. Here are a few you can visit to see if they are suitable for you.
- GCF Global – (Free of charge and supported by the Goodwill Community Foundation.)
- Tech Boomers – (Free tutorials in basic computer skills.)
- Top Free Computer Classes for Seniors – (Comprehensive list of online resources.)
- How to Help Seniors Learn Computing Skills – (This site has many great resources.)
If you don’t mind doing a bit of browsing, there are also many YouTube videos that offer quick overviews on general computer know-how and even specifics, such as setting up a Facebook account or doing Skype calls. All you need to do is go to YouTube and type in some search terms, like “basic computer training”, “computing for seniors”, “how to use Facebook”, etc. There will be hundreds of options presented to you – simply pick the most recent and those with the most views.
Using a computer helps you stay informed, share information, organize your schedule, do your banking, find and listen to your favorite music, watch old episodes of your favorite shows and films…and the list goes on. In fact, with all the resources and help available, you may find yourself becoming a technical expert sooner than you think. See you online!
Larry McJunkin, President