Technology for Seniors: Embracing Digital Tools for Connection and Independence

Technology is a difficult topic for many seniors. It tends to change so quickly that it can be difficult to keep up! But while it can be challenging, there are many benefits to keeping up with technology. Digital tools can help you stay connected with loved ones, get healthier, and increase your independence. 

Here are a few ideas about how to use technology for seniors. 

Stay Current

The best way to keep up with new tech is to keep using it. When a new technological advancement happens, don’t shy away out of fear. See if there are specific features that might improve your life first. For example, E-readers can allow you to easily adjust text size and utilize built-in screen lights that are very helpful if your vision isn’t what it used to be. Smartphones, laptops, and tablets can help you keep in touch with people you love, manage your health, and provide education and entertainment options you won’t find anywhere else. 

Make sure to be patient, take your time, and don’t be afraid to experiment. If you are nervous about getting started with something new, reach out for help. Your younger family members and loved ones may already have these new devices, and they’ll be happy to help you learn how to use them. You can also see if classes on technology use are offered at your local library or community center. Many senior living communities also offer tech classes, and have staff available 24/7 to help you out. 

Stay Connected

There are many ways to stay connected with loved ones using technology. You can use video chat, video messaging, text messages, phone calls, email, and other communication apps. Smartphones are a great way to explore these options, but sometimes a smaller screen can create more challenges. You might find a tablet or laptop easier to use. 

Manage Your Health

Technology is a great way to take care of your health. You can use digital calendars to remind you about appointments and log and track your symptoms. There are also apps that will alert you when it’s time to take your medication. 


Of course, if you want entertainment, you’ll find no shortage of options on any tech device. You can watch movies or TV shows, listen to music, and play all kinds of games–from Angry Birds to Chess. You can also use any device to read books, magazines, or newspapers.

Learn New Things

Lifelong learning is an important way to keep your mind sharp. Thankfully, technology has made this easier than ever. You can learn almost anything in the world on the internet. Just make sure you are using legitimate sources, because nobody fact checks the internet! You can also take online classes, watch educational videos, or read e-books.

Technology can be a great way for seniors to stay connected, informed, and independent. There are many ways to use technology to improve your life. Stellar Living hopes this guide helps you feel confident about technology. If you live in a senior living community, make sure you ask your staff members if you need help getting started.