Keeping families connected can be a powerful motivation for learning new skills.
Let me tell you about my mother and my two aunts. Mom (92 yr.) uses email regularly to keep in touch with my sister who lives out of country. Aunt 1 (90 yr.) is on Facebook, so that she can keep track of her nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews! Aunt 2 (94 yr.) talks daily with her son via Skype.
Last week, our daughter-in-law sent us a video of our newest grandson eating from a spoon for the first time. They live in another country, so our visits are limited to once or twice a year. Regular video posts and virtual visits help us to be part of our grandson’s life. This is a vast improvement over what was available a generation ago. When our first son was born, my parents had to rely on letters and occasional pictures to learn about their newest grandson.
Information technologies (IT) also open more career options for everyone, including seniors. In order to build this website and upload courses online, I had to learn a host of new software and tech skills. Learning something new isn’t a bad thing- and the result is a new ‘ retirement career’ that is enjoyable, flexible and a perfect fit for me.
So you can see why I am bemused by people who assume that the older we are, the less likely we are to be using computers and other technologies. I firmly believe that as IT becomes increasingly user-friendly, it will continue to make the lives of my (baby boomer) generation and that of my parents’ generation richer and more connected.
Keep it coming, I say! And don’t stereotype seniors! Now if I could just figure out how to use our new remote…