Communication in a multigeneration
Posted: 7/28/2018 10:41 AM by
Communication in a changing generation
It’s a good idea to take inventory of how we communicate with the aging generation. They are unfamiliar with so many of the advanced technologies offered today. They are also unfamiliar with the way the internet works, purchases happen, and communication occurs. Our loved ones, especially the aging, need to be taught all of this. Don’t dismiss it, thinking they will never understand it. Some get it, use it and love it. It can mean a whole new relationship for some families. It could also bring continued contact, safekeeping and even offer help in an emergency.
Let’s talk them. Start with smart phones. Most phones are complex and could seem overwhelming to our aging loved ones, however, there are many advantages to having a smartphone. Firstly, making calls is as easy as speaking out loud Secondly, simply having it! Just having the phone itself because of location services helps you keep track of loved ones whereabouts. Additional to phone calls, smart phones offer various forms of communication including text, face time, and messaging through an app, there is entertainment via TV and You Tube along with brain stimulation through games and apps. It can make a difference in dealing with loneliness or isolation. It can open a line of communication with relatives and helps to mesh the generations. Sometimes when you don’t have time for a call, a quick text ensures that loved one that there is someone is at the other end and cares. It also allows us to set up reminders, alerts and helpful services through apps to manage tasks such as reminders and alerts. I’m not saying this replaces the human interaction but it does offer a bigger opportunity to help us connect more often.
Another technology that could be extremely beneficial is Alexa, Google Dot, Apple Home and what is now called the home pod. These are especially important in an emergency. Yes, the traditional 911 call is easy but if an aging parent falls and is not capable of getting to the phone, a simple call for help, literally, a shout out loud may be just the thing you need. Alexa can be programmed to make calls, turn on lights and so much more. Imagine the benefit of such help to someone disabled, frail and struggling to get around. Keeping our aging generation safely at home is easier than ever with the help of technology. It may be life changing for someone.