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How to help elders, parents, and grandparents (patiently) with technology

The classic ‘Teach your children’ is no more to be seen since the gen-z turned things around, assisting their elders in utilizing modern technology and securing a reliable future, contrary to the past.

If you are interested in this prospect, you are in luck because this is the right guide for parents and technology education.

If you know seniors currently looking for a new tutor, this snippet may prove helpful.

Especially during these times, just being able to make a Facetime or Skype call can make a whole lot of difference in overall well being.

One step at a time

Going back to when you got your first smartphone, you didn’t load it up with all sorts of apps right away, no matter how tempting it was.

Similarly, pushing too hard can result in our senior loved ones growing tired and throwing the phone out in a fit of rage or impatience.

Many elders have used personal computers in their past work or personal life, which provides a basis for learning but can hinder the process at the same time. 

Highlighting the difference between the old and new technology will speed up learning, which will make things easier for both you and the learner.

Understanding the differences will prevent the frustrating repetition of actions from memory that worked on other devices but don’t work on the new ones.

Start with the basics

Instead of instantly delving into new devices, we can enhance what they already know by adapting the teaching steps that helped them get there instead of choosing a different path.

Pressing the unlock button and checking the time, scrolling down contacts saved in a familiar language, and helping your grandma call your mother by tapping on the contact name and the call button is a pretty good start. 

Expand the use of technology they’re already familiar with.

If your old man knows how to call, teach him how to text. Once he’s gotten the hang of it, talk to him about getting a smartphone or a tablet, which goes a lot easier on aging eyes.

Practice makes perfect

Your beloved one may require time and help time and again to perfect each task.

Be patient and assist them whenever possible. Get them to call you from the other corner of the house with a phone rather than damaging their vocal cords.

Have them make memos for you to run their errands instead of opting to memorize the items and leaving one out each time you reiterate the list.

Encourage them to practice on their own even if you’re away so that they can develop some profound confidence in themselves and show off their flashy new phones in public.

Demand pictures whenever they’re away or just taking a walk around the block for the sake of getting them started on the camera as well. 

Conclusion

Helping older people use technology can help them in more ways you can imagine.

It can give them a sense of being more connected with the world and family.

We’re just looking for the best way to spend quality time with our family while teaching them a much-required skill. 

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