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Tech for seniors - coping with technology

It’s one of the many challenges that seniors face today – tech for seniors.  Coping with technology is an issue that affects us all.  As the world is increasingly drawn away from physical contact (think automated tills at the shops, Zoom calls instead of meetings, half the world with a Facebook account) seniors either grasp technology with both hands or avoid it where they can. 

My post looks at the various ways in which technology affects our third age lives, and how we can make the most of it. One thing is for certain – technology is not going away, so ignoring it will only cut you off from experiences, activities and adventures.  Which is what retirement is for.

Unhappy Man

Passwords

Maybe in future years they will come up with a way of not having to remember complex passwords, but right now they are a source of frustration for me.  I’ve tried password managers, having a standard phrase and changing the number at the end, and using my browser to save for each site.  I have no answer – a struggle for seniors worldwide I suspect.

Scams

Apparently I have £6.5m waiting for me, numerous ladies offering their services and someone wants to give me Bitcoin.  Plus, my McAfee subscription has expired and I have viruses.  I know this because the junk folder of my Gmail account tels me so. 

These scams are easy to spot (no-one is going to give me money, I don’t have McAfee and don’t want Bitcoin.  Hopeful about the ladies though.  The more difficult scams are the ones that might not be – expired television licence, parcel awaiting collection, email from a friend with a link.  And scammers are getting more sophisticated – better logos, grammar and message.  Still, if I use the old adage that it sounds too good to be true it probably is, a healthy level of suspicion and contstant wariness I hope I can avoid the traps.

Apps

It’s marketing.  Apps offer you a taster for free, but to get real value you have to subscribe – for just a few pounds a month.  Or even worse, an annual subscription that is often forgotten.  We have to live in a state of constant wariness about what we are signing up to/committing ourselves to. 

Utility and Insurance renewals

Aside from the constant vigilence, we are also obliged to spend a part of our lives on comparism sites.  Household fuel, broadband, car and house insurance – either spend time at each renewal to see if a cheaper deal can be found, or just accept the hiked price from the current supplier.  Life’s too short, surely?

Being positive

Recognising that I’ve strayed into grumpy old man territory, there are technology plusses
(note – I’m not an Affiliate so I don’t get paid for these suggestions):

Pill dispenser – useful for remembering when you need to take your medication – and if you have taken it already! Or, you could just remember.

Grandpad – a tablet for the elderly.  At £719.28 for the year (no wifi required though) it’s a way for seniors to stay in touch with the family without having to learn irksome technology.  Note – an Ipad is £329 for life, but you do need a broadband and some effort is required.

Tile sticker – now this could be useful.  Add it to your remote, car keys and other gadgets and find them using your phone.  Of course, there is an optional subscription too.

Robot Pets – Companion Pets are designed to bring comfort, companionship, and fun to elder loved ones. Of course there are actual cats and dogs too.

Conclusion – tech for seniors

There are benefits to technology, but we are in world of pain and frustration for tech for seniors.  We have no choice of course – just be grateful you’re not at work!

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