Australians are living longer so after retirement you may still have a good 20 years ahead of you. Technology is a great way to connect, stay stimulated and keep your independence. But according to the 2016 Digital Inclusion Index and research released by the ABS, only 41% of seniors are using the internet and only spend seven hours per week online.
Our clients are already using technology to choose care and support workers to meet their personal needs, and love the fact that the Better Caring platform gives them real choice and control. For those not so proficient, but considering a tech refresh, here’s five other good reasons to jump online.
Flexible income options
For many, retirement doesn’t mean slowing down; technology can provide you with great opportunities to make some extra money to play with. If you can use the Uber app, you could become an Uber driver. Clear out the clutter and sell some things on eBay or rent out your spare room through Airbnb.
Staying mobile and independent
In the future, driverless cars and assistive technology will make it easier to remain active in the workforce. And with online banking and retail, you don’t need to rely on anyone to do your banking or grocery shopping.
Bringing everyone closer
Thanks to Skype, you can read a bedtime story to your grandson in Vancouver. And apps like WhatsApp mean there’s no need to worry about the cost of international calls.
Learning something new
You may have spent your working life vowing to learn a language or do a degree in philosophy one day. Sites like Coursera offer thousands of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). These are free of charge unless you want to earn the certification.
Meeting new people
Technology is a good way to connect with others but it shouldn’t be the only way. You may want to join a book club or meet new people with a similar foodie obsession. Through sites like meetup.com you can find and meet people with similar interests, in person.
A lack of confidence is cited as the biggest roadblock to seniors jumping online. Tech Savvy Seniors is a program offered by state government, through partnerships with Telstra, across New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria. It’s designed to increase digital literacy and reduce social isolation. And some of our workers specialise in helping clients gain confidence with technology. Visit the platform today to find someone to help you get started.
Click here to read the original article, published in The Conversation.