These days, keeping pace with the meteor shower of tech innovation in the 21st century can feel like a cat-and-mouse chase between consumer and engineer. From AI-enabled devices to self-driving cars, no one is safe from the vortex of digital advancements. With the seemingly omnipotent power of 21st-century technology in mind, being well-versed in the world of tech can help you in a time of need and keep you connected, especially when social interaction is limited. With the right amount of patience, you can acquire the tech know-how you need to crown yourself the title of a “tech-savvy senior.” Keep reading for six steps to claim your throne.
Start with training wheels (i.e., a senior-friendly computer)
The first step of being tech-savvy is to find the computer that works for you. You can opt for a laptop, desktop, or tablet. When shopping, look within and ask yourself what you may use it for the most, i.e., work, play, or a healthy balance of the two? Will size or storage be something to be considered? Do you have any disabilities that might inhibit you from operating a computer? Once you’ve looked within, it’s time to start shopping.
For those seniors on the hunt for an elderly-friendly computer, try not to feel discouraged in the face of fully-stocked shelves. With assistive technology moving at the speed of light, senior-friendly computers are abundant on the market today. Ultimately, there are many benefits to computers for seniors. These devices are intuitive and easy to use, not to mention equipped with a touch screen and zoom option. These computers allow you to access priceless family photos and critical doctor’s appointment information with a few simple clicks, saving you the hassle of trial and error.
Although it’s easy to feel frustrated in the face of obstacles technology can and will throw at us, remember to keep a positive attitude. Do your best not to talk down to yourself because these tech-savvy skills will come with time and dedication. Technology will always be tricky, but you have the power to conquer it.
Do some quick research
For those confident in their level of tech knowledge, you may feel tempted to forgo beginner’s training. Although, you’ll need to resist the urge to ride solo during your quest for tech-savviness. Remember, the best way to learn internet basics (and ride the tech tidal wave) is to surf the web. Pretty much everything you need to know lies behind a quick Google search. There are also helplines and online chats designed to help struggling seniors out, so don’t hesitate to call in reinforcements.
Take a free online course
You can learn a lot from Google and YouTube, but it may be helpful to take a free online course in the face of digital roadblocks. There is a multitude of different in-person or online courses that can teach you how to conduct a Google search or download a PDF. If you find yourself struggling to learn alone, a class is a quick and cost-effective way to boost your tech skills.
Write down important information
We all have forgotten a password or two. Luckily, if you stay organized, you’ll never have to reset a password again. Whenever you set up a password, code, or make any crucial digital decision, write it down in a designated notebook, so you never forget. You never know when this practice may come in handy or save you a whole lot of time and energy.
Prevent any chance of a virus
To keep your computer from catching a virus, you should take preventative measures. You’ll want to invest in antivirus software to protect your data and personal information. Suppose you have grandchildren lurking on the internet. In that case, the protection will keep them from accessing any dangerous websites and keep you from potential scams.
Time to connect virtually
Rest assured, the neck-breaking learning curve be worth it once you are online. One of the most notable benefits of digital know-how is the ability to connect with loved ones, given that staying social is a great way to keep happy and healthy. If you remain positive and commit, you’ll be a pro before you know it.