I’m sure you’ve all been keeping up with coworkers, friends, and family through Zoom, Skype, and other online communication tools.
One group that often does have the capacity for this kind of communication are senior, either living in retirement/long term care facilities or on their own with limited access to computers and smartphones.
We’ve made great improvements in recent years as far as integrating technologies into retirement and long term care facilities, however, there are a number of barriers
Most of my undergraduate degree was spent analyzing adult development and the aging population. In one of my classes, we watched an amazing documentary about an amazing program that helped bridge the gap between generations with technology.
Take a look at the trailer for the documentary:
Even though it’s from around six years ago, the message and impacts of the subject matter can still be felt today. What began as combating the negative affects of loneliness and isolation has now become a integral aspect to making contact with the outside world during isolation.
Many have been stuck in their room with only phone calls connecting them to the outside world. However, with increased funding for technology in these spaces allows for seniors to interact with fellow residents, families, and attend social or religious gatherings.
Taking the time to educate those unfamiliar with can greatly improve seniors’ quality of life and your own in keeping in contact with your friends or family.
So, if you’re beginning to feel the gap between you and your friend, parent, grandparent, or great-grandparent, pick up the phone and talk them through any of the very basic video communication applications like Facetime or Skype.
They’re worth it.
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