Making Technology Accessible for Seniors: Overcoming Challenges and Finding Solutions
Seniors often struggle with technology, which can make it harder for them to adapt to new devices and software. This article discusses the challenges that seniors face in using technology and how it affects their social connections. It also presents a solution that can help seniors stay connected and engaged.
Challenges Faced by Seniors in Using Technology
Seniors tend to have less experience with technology, which makes it harder for them to adapt to new devices and software. They may also have physical or cognitive limitations that make it harder for them to use technology. A lack of familiarity with the design and layout of digital devices and software can also make it difficult for seniors to access the features they need.
- According to the Norwegian Social Science Data Services (NSD), 83% of seniors between the ages of 64 and 74 use the internet on a weekly basis or more.
Social Isolation Among Seniors
Social isolation has become a big concern among seniors, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many seniors live alone and have limited opportunities to interact with others in person. Technology can help to bridge this gap by providing seniors with a way to stay connected to their loved ones and community, even when they cannot be together in person.
- According to the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework (ASCOF), elderly people without social connections are more likely to be rehospitalised, have a greater number of nursing home stays over their lifetime, and need to use care services more.
PCL Connect Tablet can help
The PCL Connect tablet is a digital health tablet designed to help older adults stay connected with their loved ones and manage their health and wellness. It features a digital photo album, medicine reminders, vitals monitoring and a caregiver app, creating a connected care ecosystem for families. The tablet is designed to be user-friendly and easy to use, with a simple interface and intuitive navigation.
- According to research by Age UK, socially isolated people are 3.5 times more likely to enter local authority funded residential care.
Senior friendly tablet for seniors
The PCL Connect tablet helps reduce loneliness and isolation among seniors by providing them with a tool to stay connected with their loved ones. The tablet also includes a built-in speaker and microphone, allowing users to make and receive calls to members within their care circle. Additionally, the PCL Caregiver app for family and caregivers allows caregivers to manage the health and wellness of their loved ones, stay connected and support them remotely.
Connected care for better health outcomes
As our population ages, it is essential to find ways to help seniors stay connected with their loved ones and improve their health outcomes. The PCL Connect tablet is one solution that can help seniors overcome the challenges of mastering new technology and address social isolation. By providing seniors with an easy-to-use device that is specifically designed for the need of seniors, we can help them stay connected and improve their quality of life.