Engineers, scientists and government leaders thrive on creating innovations and programs to improve the lives of the elderly. Yet change can come with personal costs.
Unsure of modern conveniences and care regulations that look promising, it is common for the elderly to bristle when they have managed well for decades. Common resistance phrases for older people include: I do not need it. It is too complicated. It costs too much.
How can accelerating innovations and services be a positive support for your elderly loved one and his/her caregiver? Will he/she really use them? An Internet and telecommunications analysis reports 70.5 percent of people in Europe and 45.7 percent of people in Asia use the Internet compared to a worldwide average of 42.3 percent. The rise of online usage by elders is expected to climb as ageing adults live longer and want to remain more in control of instant connection with family, friends, health information and the world around them.
In adjusting to ever-advancing solutions and products for the ageing, an important first step is to talk with your ageing loved one about why the new device or service would be of help and address the following:
Often family caregivers turn to Right at Home and other one-to-one training specialists to ease elderly loved ones' transition to new regulations, programs and technology devices.
What do you think helps your elderly loved one adjust to modern-day conveniences and social services changes?