How technology is helping the elderly

Top ways technology is improving the lives of older generations.

Technology is generally considered a domain for young people, but what if it didn’t have to be?

Research from Roy Morgan found 85% of people aged 65 and older are actively using technology and the internet at least once per day.

Global Ageing Network Director Marcus Riley said older generations are becoming increasingly engaged with technology and are influencing its design and application.

“Technology has evolved greatly in recent years and is being used to help enable successful ageing,” Mr Riley said.

“The once resistant older generations are engaging with technology to not only help them maintain their quality of life but, in some instances, even improve it.

“The use of technology has enabled gains to be made across various areas of their lives including health and wellbeing, social connectedness, independence, mental stimulation, security and fun.”

Mr Riley said people aged 65 and older are have begun to embrace technology rather than view it as an obstacle.

“Older generations are influencing the development of technology as it adapts to meet the demands of our ageing population,” he said.

“Tech companies and providers are open to considering what end users (such as seniors) want and need from their technology. There are even tech conferences held in

Silicon Valley that specifically focus on older generations.”

Top six ways technology is playing a positive role in the lives of older Australians:

Supporting preventive and restorative health

Technology is used by the elderly to support their health needs. Fitness trackers can provide advice on exercise regimes and other tech can assist in managing blood, heart and respiratory levels.

Social connectivity

People aged 65 and over are one of the highest growing groups of social media users. The use of social media has been described as imperative to improving their social connectedness and avoiding isolation and loneliness.

Fostering independence

Technology advancements in daily tasks such as online grocery shopping and internet banking have aided elderly Australians in retaining their independence and autonomy.

Mental stimulation

Learning how to use a new form of technology, app, game or program is provides mental stimulation.

Security and peace of mind

Activity based sensors, cameras and other security devices around the home can provide reassurance about personal safety. Technology is available that can notify a family member, care giver or emergency services to provide support if needed.

Fun, learning and engagement

The opportunities are seemingly endless with tools available to help businesses, courses for those who wish to study and games to play by yourself or with friends.