I am visiting my parents for their 49th Wedding Anniversary and my mother made a list of things that she wanted me to do while I was here. This included:
- Help her upgrade her phone
- Help her figure out how to renew her license (done online)
- Update her Kindle Fire tablets (that have error messages about memory and app updates)
While I have been sitting here, my Aunt (her older sister) called me trying to figure out how she lost messages with the children she texts the most.
This is Day 1 – generally when I visit, my Mom has me go and visit with her Silver Sneakers class when they meet for coffee afterwards and I field questions about their cell phones, tablets, and computers.
I find that when we talk, technology always comes up.. More and more they can’t do things on paper anymore, their health insurance, their taxes, all have to be done online. Even 10 years ago, I regularly read how to find books in the library sessions during my regular visits.
Have we really thought about the update to technology and how it frustrates our parents and grandparents? Are we leaving them behind? We sat here talking about how she hears about her friends getting taken advantage of buying technology like phones and computers.. Maybe our need to efficiency needs to remember to help our elders adjust?