These are challenging times, especially given the serious concerns about the coronavirus. Yet at Montereau, we believe social distancing doesn't mean we have to become disconnected-"social distancing" really means "physical distancing." You can-and should-remain social. With today's technology, you can see friends and family often, by video chat, on text, through photo sharing sites and social media.
More seniors online
Seniors are well-positioned today to make the most of all of these services. The number of seniors owning smartphones doubled from 2013 to 2017, according to the Pew Center for Research. The Center found a similar trend in Internet use: "When the Center began tracking internet adoption in early 2000, just 14 percent of seniors were internet users. But today, 67 percent of adults ages 65 and older say they go online."
As of February 2019, about 40 percent of all American seniors were using some form of social media, according to the Pew Center.
Get free help
Of course, the one challenge with tech is figuring out how to use all of the latest gadgets and applications. If you'd like to get more hands-on help with your tech, consider attending an in-person or online training from AARP. These free events last an hour to 90 minutes and are designed to teach common skills that are relevant on all types of smartphones and tablets.
No matter how you like to stay in touch, there's likely a device or app for that! Here are just a few ways you can make the most of technology:
Whatever you do online, be smart. Here are a few quick tips:
Have fun and stay connected! There's never been a better time to learn more about technology, and everyone at Montereau is here for our residents and community in this time of crisis.
April 20, 2020