Several recent workshops we’ve conducted in the AMAC Foundation’s continuing public seminar series have demonstrated that America’s seniors are intersted in–in fact, are enthusiastically embracing–the rapidly evolving world of technology. We’ve conducted several workshops in the past few months on the options for home entertainment available via technology and the internet, and it’s no surprise that those who brought their questions to the sessions were eager to learn more about the abundance of options available on the gadget market. They had questions, we gave them answers, and everyone left the sessions happy and set to upgrade their home environment.
We followed the home entertainment options workshops with a specially-designed session on the “Connected Home” (also known as the “Internet of Things) and again we were impressed by how far our audience has come in understanding the gadgetry available on the home electronics market and the benefits available to seniors. From understanding security systems to medical alert systems to equipment that helps remotely track what you’re doing, we serve a constituency that has become “tech savvy” and capable of keeping pace with the world around us.
The Houston Chronicle’s Chron.com website recently underscored this progressive change in senior attitudes on technology in a post reporting that “Many seniors find technology to be helpful – once they learn how to use it – and feel it improves the quality of their lives.” Chron.com’s report covers the proliferation of smartphones, e-readers, internet usage, and similar technology areas among seniors, and cites opportunities for senior to obtain free training on technology-related subjects. It’s a pretty good read…check it out here.