3 reasons seniors are embracing technology

by | Mar 18, 2024 | Finance and Business

While some seniors are intimidated by today’s technology, many have wholeheartedly embraced it for the convenience it can provide in their daily lives. Here are three ways open-minded seniors are using tech to their advantage – and to connect with their family during special occasions.

Personal safety
Smart-home technology refers to any household appliances or electronics that are connected to the internet. While younger people may mostly use smart-home technology for things like energy conservation or to turn on their favourite playlist while they’re making dinner, for seniors, there are added safety benefits to living in a high-tech home.

You can use voice-activated home systems to turn the lights on before getting out of bed or entering a room. You can also program them to give audible appointment or medication reminders. Owners can also use smart tech to make hands-free phone calls in the event of a fall or other emergency. Outside the home, voice-prompts from GPS maps can get users safely to their destination without the distraction of trying to read a map on the go.

Staying in touch
While we were isolated in our homes during the pandemic, many people learned how video communication platforms make it possible to do our jobs remotely. We also used the same tools to connect with friends from a distance.
Seniors, who might otherwise have been reluctant to try to learn these tools soon realized that it was the only way to stay in touch with friends, children and grandkids. Now, many of us have mastered the art of setting up group meetings so our book club can go on no matter how bad the weather – or how far-flung the participants.
It’s also a great way to send Valentine’s greetings or to celebrate Family Day with the grandkids if travelling to see them is not an option.

Automated banking
At this time of year, the weather can often make it tricky or even dangerous to venture out. That’s one reason why seniors are increasingly using online banking and other automated financial tools. This includes setting up direct deposit for any money coming in and automating bill payments so you don’t forget to pay one.

If you haven’t already, it’s useful for seniors – and Canadians of all ages – to sign up for direct deposit payments from the Canada Revenue Agency. It’s the fastest way to receive income tax refunds and any other rebates or incentives you’re entitled to. You can receive your payment in as little as eight business days with direct deposit.

Learn more about signing up for direct deposit for federal government rebates and refunds at canada.ca/cra-direct-deposit

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