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Quick Question: How has technology changed the way you work with older adults?
posted 12.03.2012

There is no doubt that technology has changed the way we live, communicate, make purchases, and learn. And last week, we asked you how technology has changed the way you work with older adults. Here's what you said:

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, email, Skype, all allow me to help my seniors’ families who live far away stay actively involved with their parent, grandparent, children, on a daily basis. It helps my seniors to not feel lonely and abandoned by family.

The immediate access to answers via the internet. Also the ability to obtain many solutions providing a greater number of choices for seniors. And isn't it all about choices?

I recently bought an IPad and took it to work with me. I work on a dementia unit—beginning to middle stage—and I was able to do the news with pictures. The residents loved the idea that it was a quick and easy access to local and world news. They also liked Google Earth—I could look up their houses and show the picture of it which would lead into reminiscing. There are also a lot of memory programs that you can install and have the residents participate with. Also, because it is a memory care floor, I can retrieve information on subjects that we are discussing, instantly, which helps the residents to see the whole picture “in the moment”.

If you're interested in learning more about ways you can use technology to engage your older clients, join us on Thursday, December 6 for a web seminar on the topic. "Using Technology as a Tool to Engage Older Adults: Transforming the Experience of Aging" is free to ASA members. And is available to non-members for a fee. (Or you can join ASA at a reduced rate for a limited time!) 

More resources:

ASA's Networking on Environments, Services and Technologies for Maximizing Independence (NEST)

Center for Technology and Aging

Aging in Place Technology Watch

LeadingAge Center for Aging Services Technology (CAST)

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