Interest and demand for mobile devices–from tablets to e-readers and smartphones–has soared in recent years. And the trend is no different for older adults.
Tablets have become increasingly popular at Twin Lakes Senior Living Community and residents help each other learn to use them. Retired University of Cincinnati English Professor and avid tablet user Carol Robinson, has seen a growing interest and usage among residents. “They will catch me in the rotunda, in the hallways. They have lots of questions and want to learn more,” she says.
What Older Adults Are Using Mobile Devices For
- Reading books, magazines, blogs, e-newsletters
- Listening to books and podcasts
- Watching movies and videos
- Online search
- Taking and cataloging photos
Carol has seen residents embrace the new technology. “Many get one as a gift from family who want them to use it to stay in touch through email. Once they get over the initial fear, they love it and want to learn all it can do,” she says.
- Don’t be afraid of it. Fear is often the first thing Carol hears when talking with someone about their new tablet. Many think of today’s technology as being fast-paced but often don’t realize how user-friendly it can actually be.
- You don’t need formal computer training. You don’t need to have extensive computer background or take a university course. A retirement community such as Twin Lakes may offer courses and have educators such as Carol on hand. Also ask family and friends for tips and advice.
- Play around with it. Be adventurous and play around with the device and apps. “You won’t break it by using it,” Carol says. The best way to learn is to play around, see what you find and learn as you go.
“Once you see a little, your fears go away,” Carol says. “You’ll soon realize there is a lot you can do, and you’ll want to do it all.”
With a wealth of programs, events and amenities, you can pursue new interest and enjoy your favorite past times. Find out more about Twin Lakes by calling us at 513-247-1300 or filling out our online form here.