Today I Learned...

Key Takeaways:

he world of technology is always changing.

It's easy to feel overwhelmed by all the new apps, programs, and devices out there, especially if you're an older adult who hasn't had much experience with technology in the past. But don't worry: there are many great reasons for seniors to develop tech skills.

Tech changes so quickly that it can be hard to keep up.

You may not be able to learn everything, but you can learn something. It is important to learn new technology because having access to the latest and greatest apps, equipment, and devices lets you stay connected with friends and family.

Here are more reasons why seniors should consider learning new tech:

  • ItÔÇÖs fun! The internet is full of valuable resources for all ages. Take advantage of them by exploring the web, watching videos on YouTube or Netflix.
  • Feeling disconnected from loved ones? Learn how to Zoom with your grandkids in Germany or call your friend who lives three states away using FaceTime or Google Hangouts. These easy-to-use video calling apps let you see each other live on screen so it feels like talking face-to-face (even if your grandson lives across oceans).
  • Stay healthy! There are countless health apps available that can help keep track of vital signs such as blood pressure levels or heart rate (via wearable devices). These mobile tools allow seniors with chronic conditions like diabetes or high cholesterol more control over their own well-being.
Monitor your health with a fitness watch!

Now that you know WHY learning tech is a good idea...

Here are some tips for actually doing it:

1. Be patient and don't doubt yourself.

Learning a new technology can be daunting. You might feel overwhelmed by the speed of changes that occur in the world of computing and how quickly people expect you to keep up with them. It's okayÔÇöit's natural!

But don't let your age or other people's expectations get in your way.

2. Set reasonable goals.

Rather than trying to learn everything at once, choose one area of interest and focus on mastering that. You don't have to be an expert technician. You just want to feel comfortable using the device or software while also understanding how it works.

Try not to get discouraged if you're struggling with a project. Instead, ask for help!

GetSetUp offers 1-on-1 Technology Sessions where you can get help with any and every Tech question you may have! Learn more about our tech services here.

4. Learn new technology with a friend.

Share the process with a friend or family member. If possible, try to find something that both of your interests in equal measureÔÇöfor example,

  • Learning how to shoot photos on your phone and then sharing them online
  • Creating videos together using simple equipment like a smartphone and tripod; or even just reading through tech articles together on the couch (which is my personal favorite).

5. Learning new tech can be intimidating, but is worth it!

It's important to remember that you're not alone in this journey. There are millions of people all over the world who are learning new tech, and there is help available.

Join any of our Technology classes on GetSetUp and a friendly Guide will be more than happy to help!

We hope these tips help you feel more confident in your ability to learn new technology. Remember that you don't need to be an expert in order to use the tech, so just relax and enjoy yourself! Good luck!

Oct 6, 2022