It’s a rule of thumb that senior citizens and technology don’t get along. But despite this societal norm, seniors are among those who can benefit most from the recent innovations in technology.

Though it can be hard to introduce technology to seniors, once they start using the internet, they rarely slow down. In fact, six in ten seniors can be found online and 71% of these seniors use the internet nearly everyday in 2017.

Here’s how technology can help our seniors.

Socializing

Countless seniors living in memory care facilities or nursing homes feel disconnected from friends and family. Luckily, the internet has become flush with ways to stay in contact with old friends and even make new ones.

Video chatting holds much more meaning than your average phone call. When seniors discover new modes of communication, they’re better able to stay in touch with family, friends, and feel like they are a part of a larger community.

News

Though newspapers are still knocking around our mailboxes, the most up-to-date news comes from a variety of online sources. When seniors begin to feel detached by living in a memory care nursing home, reading up on world news and watching videos of current events helps make them feel more connected.

Safety

Living in an assisted living home has become more high-tech than it used to be. Thanks to the new technological innovations in our medical communities, seniors are able to benefit from health tracking technology.

New advancements in technology have also made it easier for doctors to collaborate. If a senior needs to visit multiple doctors, transferring important information is easier and more secure than ever.

Gaming

Gaming apps and online communities are fun activities that can stimulate the minds of seniors. Whether they’re solving puzzles online or playing cards with someone the next state over, tech and gaming have made it easier for seniors to play.

Nearly 40% of seniors living in an assisted care home will need help with three or more activities throughout the day. By incorporating technology into the lives of seniors, you’re doing more than teaching them a new skill; you’re giving back some of their independence in an assisted living community.