Tech Help for Senior Citizens

If you’re a senior citizen who feels overwhelmed by a constant barrage of technology, you’re not alone. You may want to get in on the fun and learn a bit more about all the devices and apps available, but you might also be rather nervous to do so. You could even be afraid you’d break something. But don’t despair! Help is available for seniors like you who want to delve into the world of technology.

Your Family and Friends

First, turn to your tech savvy family and friends. You might, for instance, ask one of your children or grandchildren to show you the basics on your new smart phone or to get you started on a tablet or computer. Remind them to have patience with you as you learn and to help you start slowly so that you don’t get overwhelmed.

In fact, you should only use a few apps on your phone or tablet when you begin. You can also organize your computer’s desktop with a program like OneLaunch that puts everything you need and want right in front of you. Have your helper set it up for you. It’ll save you time and trouble.

Community Education

Perhaps you’re looking for more depth as you dive into the world of technology. Then consider taking a community education class or two. These are often available through your local library or community education program, and many of them are geared specifically toward seniors. Check schedules and fees ahead of time so that you don’t end up with surprises, but many classes are free or low-cost and run several times a year to accommodate your calendar.

Computer Consultants

If you don’t happen to have family or friends who can help you with your tech troubles and you think community education classes would be out of your league, then turn to a computer consultant in your area. You can usually find ads in the newspaper or ask around for some ideas. While you’ll have to pay an hourly fee, your consultant can do everything from help you set up a new computer system to show you the basics of using a new tablet or phone.

Books and Magazines

Books and magazines may seem old-fashioned to some people, but they may be just right for you to expand your knowledge of technology. The “For Dummies” book series might be especially helpful because it lays out information in an easy and often humorous way. But ask your local librarian or bookseller for other recommendations.

Online Offerings

Finally, if you have the tech skills to use the Internet, you can find plenty of websites designed just for seniors who want to learn more about technology. You can watch videos or read articles on just about anything and even find solutions to tricky difficulties.

Get the Help You Need

One way or another, you can get the technology help you need as you dive into the world of technology. Just keep asking and searching, and whatever you do, don’t give up. You might even discover that you enjoy technology.