Do your parents take 3 hours to get past the login screen? When they hear you talking to Siri do they look at you like you’ve lost your mind? Even today it’s not surprising that some of our parents look at technology like it’s some strange disease they could contract.
Unfortunately it’s far too common that many our proud aging parents experience a “learning gap” about smartphones, computers, internet and all this tech stuff. This issue has a number of contributing factors which includes a fear of the unknown and the challenges of an aging brain that did not grow-up with “puters” or smartphones.
With a clear understanding that avoiding computers & mobile devices actually undermines enjoyment of the “good 21st century life”, the author conducts an online search to discovery ways to “help aging parents learn new technology.”
He discovers there are many free programs that can help older adults bridge the gap, such as Eldy. Programs such as this also help to reduce the chance of their deleting desirable items or forgetting how to access email.
Read Article (Staff | parentingourparents.org | 01/15/2015)
As the author discovered, there are many different teaching tools available to seniors & non-techies but what’s available locally will depend on where you live. Many communities now offer technology classes for young & older adults and some are free. A starting point would be to contact your local library, senior center, college or university, or local stores that sell computers. You can also contact your local area ‘Agency on Aging’ thru the Eldercare Locator at 800-677-1116.
To further assist this search, here is a post written specifically on this subject: Senior Sources. Hopefully it provides usable information for those who embark on this particular quest.
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