Seniors are the largest growing segment of the population, with baby boomers retiring at ever-higher rates every day. This burgeoning population means that many seniors are turning tech savvy at even greater speeds than ever before. Previously, smartphone use, web browsing, and internet surfing were viewed as being something only required by the younger generation, but now just about everything is technology-driven, and it has become mandatory for most seniors to learn a variety of devices.
Nowadays, 70 percent of seniors have smartphones, according to data collected from Aging in Place. They are using their devices to stay in touch with family through calls, texting, and social media. Additionally, seniors are turning to their phones to shop, play games, stream movies, and even utilize dating sites. Modern seniors are becoming very tech savvy.
Years ago, seniors would have to wait for the morning paper to get the latest crossword puzzle, but nowadays, there are a variety of apps that provide crossword puzzles, chess games, and solitaire. Just about everything is at a senior’s disposal with smartphones, tablets, computers, and voice-activated personal computerized electronic assistants such as Amazon Alexa or Google Home.
In recent years, the technological breakthroughs our world has seen have been staggering. Many tech inventions assist and benefit seniors.
Tech-savvy seniors are living independent lifestyles longer than ever before. Technology is enabling them to live with very few limitations. It is, in many ways, opening up a world of possibility by allowing aging individuals to feel less lonely and more in contact with the world around them.