Computer Use by Seniors Eases Loneliness

More and more seniors catch ‘computer bug and taking the plunge to go online. Active baby boomers grow older and become parents who are still actively seeking to get out and explore the world around them. Internet and computers in general, has opened the door to many avenues of entertainment and joy to the elderly. No longer are they resigned to playing shuffleboard or canasta with their friends for their entertainment. Now with the help of computers and the internet they can play games and much more through online connections with people from all over the world. While learning to use computers is still one of the biggest challenges for many seniors, many of them, when they learn to use computers, do not believe that they never worried about it at all.

Some seniors have expressed nervousness when it comes to learning how to use computers and interact with others via the Internet. They are the proud double when they can not only learn to use computers but can also be set to send email and use a computer program without outside help at all. While some seniors may have some experience with computers in their past jobs, mostly learning the basics of using computers for the first time from the ground up. This is quite a temptation at first for many people who find all a bit much. This quickly passes though as they learn the basics very quickly and can see results after just a few basic lessons.

The use of computers among seniors has proven very beneficial to them in many ways. This makes them more active in something. When using a computer is not the same thing as doing exercises for the body, the use of computers is a very stimulating for them to exercise their most important muscle – their brain. By keeping mentally active, many seniors find that they are not lonely anymore and they have more they can accomplish with the help of computers. Not only can they use computer programs to help them work on any hobbies they have, but the Internet can also help them to keep in touch with others who share their hobby. Keep in touch with family and friends via e-mail is another way to help seniors feel connected with other people’s lives and the world around them. By staying in close contact, they find more purpose in their old age.

Some seniors even become competent enough to use their computers that they can take part-time job doing simple data entry for business. They can also help to teach other seniors about the benefits of learning to use computers and the amazing world of the Internet. Many seniors may only hear about the millions of websites out there that have so much information they can access easily. For many seniors it is like turning on the light that shows them what they’ve lost over the years. They become passionate about their quest for knowledge with computers and the Internet. Sense of isolation immediately picked up the first time they send and receive their initial email message to someone they know. Does the person across the country or just across the road, the excitement is the same. They soon learn to feel a part of the world again and be able to take part in as many conversations over their knowledge of computers and the internet grows.

Able to reconnect with old friends that they do not talk to over the years is a very big problem for the seniors. They also can encourage each other to learn more as they go through much the same things together while learning about computers and the internet. Many seniors with hearing loss find it much easier to email someone than to try and talk to them on the phone. Age of the grandfather found the Internet a great way to keep part of their lives grandchildren. By sending emails and talking through the events of the day, the family grew closer and still closer, too. By using the Internet, many seniors have found friends with common interests, whether it is a hobby or interest of the health issues they share, the joy of being able to message someone and they talk back to you in almost real time, very fun for the seniors.

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