senior care socialization

Connecting Generations: How Young People are Helping Older Adults Stay Social

It’s no secret that some of the younger generations, like iGen, Generations Z and X, and Millennials all seem to have the upper hand when it comes to using technology. Older adults, however, can often get left behind on their understanding of technological advancements. That’s where these younger generations come in! Those with parents or grandparents in senior care can teach them how they can stay social, too.

You can start by showing your senior the value of technology. Demonstrate how easy it is to video call a family member you haven’t spoken to in a while, or to reply to an important in email in under 10 minutes! These demonstrations will help them understand and appreciate the value of technology.

Your senior can make better use of technology when you help them understand the language. Most older adults in a senior care program probably do not know the terms and phrases associated with Facebook or Instagram, so using them won’t be helpful. Instead, break things down into an easy language that they can understand and use analogies they will be familiar with.

Don’t rush your teachings, just take it slow. Just because you can send a text in 10 seconds doesn’t mean your senior will be able to! Go through the motions slowly and repeat the steps several times so your senior can get the hang of it.

If you have a senior who is a bit forgetful, try writing things down for them. List the steps into simple instructions that your senior can read and perform themselves when you are not around to help them open the Facebook app or browse the internet.

We know it can be a bit frustrating to teach a user of technology who is not as advanced as you are, but it is best to just be patient with your senior. Having patience will help them learn to use technology at their own pace, and it is a nice gesture that tells them how much you love and care for them.

Your senior won’t always remember what you teach them on the first go around, so try and stay consistent. It may take more than one explanation or demonstration for them to get a good grasp on just what it is they are doing, so just keep with it!

Would you like further advice on connecting socially with your senior, or you would like to develop a customized senior care plan for them? If so, call Home Care Assistance! We are ready to talk with you and schedule your consultation.