In today’s world, we see more and more people using their cell phones. Texting, taking photos, and scrolling through social media and videos on their phones, there seems to be a whole new world that exists on a tiny device we hold in our hands.
The internet, with all its advancements and different technology programs, can be overwhelming. The real world today looks very different than it did in the not-too-distant past. The way we communicate has changed even more.
Change is often scary, but it can be so exciting! The past year has been hard on us all. Many seniors have been cautious to go outside or even see friends or family. For most, daily life likely became a little lonely. Is it possible that the online world, the world that benefits so many young people, can also help and expand the horizons of seniors?
Of course, it can! The use of technology among seniors has been shown to alleviate feelings of depression and has helped people feel more connected to their community.
The Benefits of Technology for All Ages
There seems to be no shortage of young teenagers or professionals using technology to their optimal advantage. During the pandemic, many people had to rely on the internet in order to continue working and earn an income.
The digital world has grown so that we rely on it for almost everything we do throughout the day. The shift was quite sudden, and our older generations adapted more slowly, that is, until recently. Juniper Senior Communities realized early on there was a huge need for technology programs in their senior living communities. They also knew they needed to adapt quickly as more and more families were becoming more isolated during the pandemic.
Juniper’s Virtual Community
Juniper’s technology programs offer a stress-free opportunity to learn everything your grandchildren and children already know about the internet. The programs are designed to allow seniors the flexibility to show up when they want and to learn at their own pace.
Many other digital assets are available to Juniper Communities and their residents too. For instance, when the pandemic saw a rise in the need for socially distanced doctor visits, telehealth made it possible for people to still receive the care they need without having to meet with their doctors face-to-face. Juniper’s community has had a great response from the residents since the implementation of telehealth. Hospital admission rates have, in fact, decreased since using this service. Telehealth is becoming the most common form of contact between patients and doctors.
Juniper also teaches seniors how to find amazing programs, classes, and information online. From new recipes to learning the basics of their smartphones to how to set up and use an email account, Juniper wants their seniors to be tech-savvy. And to keep their seniors “social”, they offer technology classes on how to set up social media accounts. Why? Because learning never stops, no matter what the age! Technology enriches and informs so many lives, and it’s never too late to participate.
And, it does not end there!
When the Digital Worlds Become Our World
Juniper communities are already thriving with the availability of these new technology programs. During the height of the pandemic, Juniper partnered with Long-term Care REIT to develop SLVirtual. A website designed with older adults in mind and encompassing an incredibly wide array of activities, educational programs, musical performances, games, and more.
There is no denying that virtual connections are the future and that they have the power to change people’s lives for the better. Juniper is offering a whole world of virtual activities and exciting possibilities for you to discover! Explore the possibilities today.