September 23, 2014

With So Many Senior Citizens unwilling To Go Digital, How Can We Make It Easier?

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by John Brennan
IT Director – SeniorLivingGuide.com

We’re often asked the demographic of SeniorLivingGuide.com users and the reality is over 65% of our users are females Untitled-2between the ages of 45 and 60. What that tells us is that the majority of our users are the children of older adults using technology to research housing and care options for mom and/or dad. But what about all of  the technologies infiltrating our lives – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, eMail, the internet, etc.?

Pew Research (pewinternet.org)  recently did a study of technology use by Americans aged 65 and older and the results are pretty much what you’d expect – 6 out of 10 seniors now go online, and while the growth rate for this segment is faster than any other, seniors are still way behind in technology adoption rates compared to the rest of America. In fact, once we look at the 75-79 demographic, the number of users is less than 50%.

New technologies have great potential to help seniors – there’s medical care information  available like never before, you can have face to face interaction most only associated with Sci Fi movies through programs such as Skype, you can virtual travel through the world using Google street view and visit places you’ve only dreamed of,  and you can reconnect with family and friends and stay involved in their lives through social media sites such as Facebook.

With so many great reasons to use these new technologies, it begs the question – why aren’t more seniors doing it? Pew found 2 distinct reasons – physical limitations and difficulty learning how to use these new tools. Here are a few suggestions to overcome these obstacles and help you or a senior you know start exploring the digital world we live in.

Touch Screens
Say goodbye to that mouse! Using a mouse while suffering arthritis can be reason alone to stay away from a computer but with the advancements of tablets, e-readers and touch screen computers mice can be eliminated. In fact, research shows that 27% of older Americans already own a tablet, an e-book reader, or both. These are folks in the know and they know it’s much easier to point and touch than it is to move and click.

Browser Magnification
Nearly every browser available today offers the ability to enlarge text and images with the click of a button or swipe of the fingers. This is what makes reading a book or browsing the web so attractive to so many. Unlike a newspaper or paperback book, a digital device can make the text bigger, change the font, or alternate between background colors making reading easier on the eyes and brain.

DECREASED Functionality
Yep, you read that right, decreased functionality. Today there are computers built and programmed specifically for seniors (www.telikin.com, for example) that focus on the concept of “less is more”. These devices shelve features like multiple browser tabs, overlapping windows and drop down menus and simplifies navigation making staying in touch and exploring the web that much easier.

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Attention Central Virginians! Aging With Grace – 2nd Annual Gathering – Only 25 seats left!

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Aging with Grace 2nd Annual GatheringUntitled-1

Equipping Churches for Senior Ministry
in the Age of the Baby Boomer”
Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center
in Glen Allen, VA on
Tuesday,
September 23, 2014
from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This event will feature a keynote presentation by Dr. John Upton, President of Baptist World Alliance and the BGAV. Multiple other experts are slated to share insights on medical, spiritual, physical, and other aging related issues. There will also be a Vendor EXPO featuring 40+ senior service organizations.

As Spiritual Leaders, we are called by God to tend to the widows, orphans, the sick and the dying. We thus have an obligation and usually a keen desire to help church members.

Our ministry can be most effective if Pastors have Spiritual, Emotional and Practical help we can offer to families in need.

To register for the Aging with Grace Annual Gathering event on September 23, 2014 visit
www.VACouncilofChurches.org
or call
804.321-3300 Ext. 104.
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The Aging with Grace 2nd Annual Gathering brings together Pastors, Church Leaders and Community Caregivers from many different denominations and disciplines to connect, learn and share their experiences with leading experts in the fields of Senior Ministry and Aging Related Issues.

This event fosters better communication between Pastors, Church Staff, Lay Ministers and Caregiving Organizations that provide care for our senior, aging population. Learn More.

AGING WITH GRACE

2nd Annual Gathering
Featuring
Dr. John Upton

President of
Baptist World Alliance
and
Executive Minister of
Baptist General Association of Virginia
Plus a Senior Resources EXPO
Featuring 30+ vendors
including our
Early Bird Sponsors
Bon Secours Health Systems
Bremo Pharmacy
Humana
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Always Best Care
Alzheimers Association
Arthritis Foundation
Care Patrol
Carriage Hill Apartments
Clinical Research Partners
CMG Foundation
Comfort Keepers
Companion Extraordinaire
Heart n’ Home Healthcare
Heritage Oaks Independent Living
Imperial Plaza Retirement Community
Legal Shield
ManorCare Assisted Living
MyPainFree
Paralyzed Veterans of America
Powell Orthotics & Orthopedics
RE/MAX Commonwealth
Security One Lending
Senior Connections – CAAA
Spring Arbor Assisted Living
The Crossings at Bon Air
The Crossings at University Park
VA Dept. of Aging & Rehabilitative Services
Winning The Training Game
WPER “Positive Hits” Radio
Hosted by
The Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center

2880 Mountain Road,
Glen Allen, VA 23060

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The 2nd Annual Aging with Grace Gathering, on September 23, 2014 (from 9am to 2pm) at Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center will address these and similar issues head on and face first. Through a combination of Breakouts sessions (with Medical experts, healthcare experts, experienced Pastors and even lawyers), a Keynote presentation from Dr. John Upton and an EXPO featuring 30+ community resource organization, the Virginia Council of Churches is addressing this issue head on.

Won’t you help us develop viable solutions
for Virginia’s Churches?

REGISTER HERE

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