For nearly everyone our days are centred around technology, from our computers to our smartphones we are all connected and able to research, shop and communicate in seconds. However, for older people, this isn’t as easy as they haven’t grown up with the latest technology or use it in their every day lives. Here are a few interactive platforms and ideas that can be beneficial to the lives of the elderly.
Facebook is great for connecting with relatives around the world. This platform enables them to be part of peoples lives where ever they may be, such as seeing pictures of grandchildren or catching up with old school friends. Facebook is a wonderful user-friendly site where they can share as little or as much as they want.
A favourite amongst the Grandparents, Skype allows face to face communication from anywhere in the world with a good wifi signal! Setting up weekly ‘Skype dates’ with loved ones can be the highlight of older peoples weeks. A chance to see family and not miss out on key moments of each other’s lives. The benefits of seeing familiar faces can help boost peoples moods and help with loneliness within the elderly.
The amount of online games available is astonishing, anything from an online interactive chess tournament to a quiet game of solitaire. There are brain teasers and puzzles for those that want to keep the mind active. Game consoles like the Nintendo Switch encourage players to get active with games such as skiing and bowling. These games are multiplayer, so great for senior community groups.
Online platforms such as Youtube are an excellent way of getting some daily exercise. Age-appropriate exercise videos can be a great way to build strength and mobility as well as engaging the mind.
Music and Film
There are plenty of ways to watch films and listen to music online. The BBC archives have an extensive array of old films and television programs which are a wonderful way to reminisce for older people.
With anything, there are a few risks with being online so do ensure that they read up on staying safe. Head over to the Age UK website for some tips on staying safe online here.
Many Digital Drop-ins are happening around the country. These are usually held at cafes and community centres where seniors can meet with individuals that can teach them about getting online and how to use all these platforms.